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Statement by H.E. Ambassador Bui The Giang Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam at the General Assembly Plenary Meeting on Human Security
05-21-2010, 04:43 pm


by H.E. Ambassador Bui The Giang

Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam

at the General Assembly Plenary Meeting on Human Security

(New York, 20 May 2010)


Mr. President,

I thank you for convening during these two days a Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly and an Informal Panel Discussion on human security as a follow-up to the commitment we collectively made at the 2005 World Summit. I thank the Secretary-General for his report contained in document A/64/701.

Mr. President,

While making intensive preparations for the Summit this September to review MDGs implementation, we all recognize the multidimensional, complex and interwoven threats which not only could hinder the accomplishment of the MDGs but also could reverse hard-earned development progress in many parts of the world. According to the 66th annual meeting of UNESCAP which just concluded yesterday in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, in Asia-Pacific alone, 11 countries may not fulfill the MDG on poverty reduction. Apart from traditional threats to security, non-traditional ones have increased in both number and impact, ranging from terrorism and multiple categories of transnational crimes to natural disasters, epidemics, destitute poverty and even economic and financial crises, to name a few, rendering human lives more vulnerable and unsecured. And multidimensional, complex and interwoven in nature as they are, those non-traditional threats call for comprehensive responses which must be people-centered, context-specific and preventive. Against this backdrop, we welcome discussions on human security with a view to better understanding this concept, its relationship with non-traditional insecurities, possible responses to those non-traditional insecurities, and application of the human security concept in multilateral diplomacy, particularly through activities in the name of the United Nations Organization.

Mr. President,

As expressed more than once at this Forum, my Delegation totally shares the view that the State is to undertake the primary responsibility for ensuring the survival, livelihood and dignity of its individual citizens and communities, and that human security does not entail the use of force against the sovereignty of States but rather focuses on fostering Government and local capacities and strengthening the resilience of both to emerging challenges. Of course, in today’s globalized world where interdependence among nations has reached an unprecedented level, international cooperation, assistance and partnership are indispensible. Furthermore, such cooperation, assistance and partnership can only be most effective when and if taking into account specific social, economic, political, historical and cultural conditions, respecting the ownership of local stakeholders, and complying with the principles of international laws and the United Nations Charter.

Mr. President,

In analyzing the linkages between the human security concept and the different priorities of the United Nations as described in the Secretary-General’s report, my Delegation believes that our Organization’s focused attention should be paid to hunger eradication, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development, for hunger, poverty and underdevelopment represent the root causes of the many threats and challenges, both traditional and non-traditional, that the international community is currently facing. This belief also comes from our understanding that these are the very areas where the United Nations, with its vast and diverse experience and expertise, can make best contributions.

Mr. President,

As a member of Friends of Human Security at the United Nations, Viet Nam has pro-actively participated in the elaboration of the human security concept at the United Nations as well as in many regional and international discussions on the issue. More importantly, we have been doing our utmost to ensure effective implementation of adopted people-centered policies and strategies. This is because we have consistently considered human factor the driving force for and ultimate goal of our national development. Our efforts over the years and subsequent encouraging results in implementing the MDGs, reducing poverty and improving both the material and spiritual living standards for the population are nothing else but the practical application of the human security concept as we perceive it to strategy and policy priorities in our country-specific circumstances and conditions. In the same vein, and fully aware of the importance of the international dimension, we look forward to greater cooperation, assistance and partnership from the international community, the United Nations system in particular, in dealing with the current and emerging threats and challenges Viet Nam is confronting, especially those posed by climate change, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and trafficking in persons. On our part, we are willing to join initiatives and contribute to endeavors along this line.

I thank you, Mr. President.

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