Russian media highlights Vietnamese responsibility for global sustainable development
Russian Newswire (Riafan) has recently published an article highlighting the nation’s increasing role and international position, a rise clearly demonstrated through the country’s responsible contributions as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020- 2021 period.
Most notably, the article specifically emphasises the active and effective activities of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the recent High-Level Week of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
According to details set out in the article, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic remains a key issue of global concern and was raised in the speech made by Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the UN. The pandemic serves as an urgent warning regarding the devastating consequences of unusual security issues, such as epidemics and climate change.
The Vietnamese State leader therefore affirmed that the world cannot be safe when there are still any people or countries that are still unsafe from the pandemic. He also made constructive suggestions on how to quickly contain the pandemic, such as removing barriers to vaccine distribution, with priority being given to countries with low vaccination rates.
Other issues include stepping up economic-trade co-operation to restore the world economy, accelerating digital transformation and use of “green” technology, along with improving labor productivity, competitiveness, and economic sustainability.
The article said that all the statements made by the State President at the UN General Assembly clearly indicate Vietnamese foreign policy moving forward, which is to respect international law. Any political "knot", even the most complicated, can be resolved through peaceful diplomatic means on the basis of strict adherence to international law. Indeed, this is also the approach of the Russian Federation to global issues.
The nation represents one of the most dynamic developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region and has drawn the attention of many of the world's leading powers. The Vietnamese economy is in the process of developing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so surely after the pandemic, the economy is likely to "spring up" to a new height.
Furthermore, Vietnam is one of the 10 countries most impacted by climate change and sea level rises, with President Phuc's speech clearly indicating Vietnamese determination to minimise the impacts of climate change.
There is also the long-term goal of the nation to implement policies such as reducing the use of fossil energy, increasing the proportion of renewable energy to 25% of total supply by 2030, and implementing a programme to plant one billion trees by 2025, with this starting back in April.
Regarding food security, according to the article, Vietnam represents a country with a favourable climate, fertile soil, coupled with thousands of years of experience in the field of agriculture, therefor it plays an important role in ensuring the world food security moving forward.
Speaking at the conference, President Phuc affirmed that co-ordination among countries, partners, and factors in the food system must be for the benefit of the people. In order to develop the food system sustainably, he proposed expanding international co-operation in researching, forecasting, and building an information system as a way of warning of the risks of natural disasters and epidemics. He also underlined the need for sustainable management of national resources, biodiversity, and forests, along with management of transboundary water resources and marine resources.
At the end of the article, the author stated that all of the above factors have prove that a responsible Vietnam when it comes to the issue of global sustainable development, with this being based on three main pillars, including the economy, society, and the environment.
The initiatives raised by President Phuc at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly may become research topics for Russian experts, thereby contributing to ramping up bilateral co-operation between the two countries in the new era.