Statement by Mr. Pham Quang Hieu,
Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations on behalf of ASEAN at the
Six Committee of the UNGA 67th Session on Agenda Item 78 “United Nations
Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination, and Wider
Appreciation of International Law”.
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Member States of
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Brunei Darussalam,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The achievements of the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching,
Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law (the Program)
in the past year are significant. ASEAN highly appreciates the Secretary-General
of the United Nations for his continuing efforts to strengthen, expand and
enhance international law training and dissemination activities within the
framework of the Program.
Last year, the Office of Legal Affairs with its affiliates, namely the Codification
Division, the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, the International
Trade Law Division and Treaty Section and the United Nations Office in Geneva
made commendable efforts to implement the Program through concrete activities
such as the publication, preparation and dissemination of the publications and
other information relating to international law, and the holding of fellowship
programmes and regional courses in international law.
As the main body responsible for implementation of the Program of Assistance,
the Codification Division has actively organized various activities to promote
the dissemination of international law, namely through the International Law Fellowship Program, in
which fellows attend special seminars and study visits with the cooperation of
the International Court of Justice and the Hague Academy of international law.
Among others, we have seen the remarkable expansion of the United Nations
Audiovisual Library of International Law and efforts to make electronic materials more accessible to the wider
global audience. ASEAN considers the Library a major contribution to the
teaching and dissemination of international law around the world. Nowadays, the use of information communications technology such
as web-based electronic research, web-accessible documents, and the
digitization of audio and visual files have significantly bridged the knowledge and
information gap in international law. With regard to the publications, ASEAN wishes
to express its satisfaction with the efforts of the Codification Division and
other Divisions on its desktop publishing program and on-line publications
aimed at further international law dissemination.
encouraged by several positive developments that move the Program towards a
deeper engagement with the UN Members, especially through the organization of
regional courses, which is considered an important component of the Program. In November this year, Thailand, a member
state of ASEAN, in cooperation with the Codification Division will host a
regional course in international law for three weeks in Bangkok, during which participants
from the region will benefit from high-quality training by leading scholars and
practitioners on a broad range of core
subjects of international law, as well as specific subjects of particular
interest to the countries in Asia. This will be the fourth time an ASEAN Member
State holds the regional
course in international law (Thailand in 1986 and 2005; the Philippines in
1969). Carrying those above-mentioned activities
clearly demonstrates the ASEAN’s firm commitment to further support the United
Nations Programme of Assistance.
Despite those encouraging results, Mr. Chairman, it is recognized that the
implementation of this Program in the period 2012 - 2013 is now facing many
difficulties including the problem of financial and other resource constraints.
Those difficulties would seriously hinder the success of the Program in the
near future, if they are not sufficiently addressed by all the Member States
as well as other actors. In this regard, ASEAN calls for and invites UN members,
universities, institutions and research centers, philanthropic foundations and other
actors to consider making voluntary contributions either by providing financial
or any other available means to the Program. While ASEAN appreciates the value
of voluntary contributions, which have assisted in enabling the activities under
the Program to be successfully carried out over the years, ASEAN feels that it
is necessary for the Program to be provided adequate financial resources under
the next and future bienniums.
Better knowledge of international law will surely serve to strengthen peace and
security, promote friendly relations between the States and enhance the rule of
law at national and international levels. With these in mind, ASEAN attaches great
importance of implementing the Program and hopes that the Program’s work in
promoting the dissemination and appreciation of International Law will meet
greater success in the years to come.
thank you, Mr. Chairman.