Statement by Mr. Pham Quang Hieu
Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the
at the 6th Committee of the UNGA 68 Session
on Agenda Item 85 “The rule of law at international
(October 9-10, 2013)
Viet Nam aligns itself with the
statements delivered by the Permanent Representative of Iran for the Non-
Aligned Movement and Permanent Representative of Laos on behalf of ASEAN.
Viet Nam commends the efforts of the
United Nations in promoting the rule of law at both national and international
levels. We would like to thank the Secretary-General for his report A/68/213,
namely Strengthening and Coordinating
United Nations rule of law activities. The Report has illustrated the
important role of the United Nations in supporting efforts to strengthen the
rule of law at the international and national levels. In the past year, with
the coordination of the United Nations, concrete progress and endeavour have
been made to realize the central role that the rule of law is taking on the
national and international stages. The Rule of Law Coordination and Resource
Group, chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and supported by the Rule of Law
Unit, has tirelessly contributed to the promotion and implementation of the
rule of law.
Adherence to the rule of law forms
legal foundations for the collective responses and solutions needed to deal
with the many challenges that the international community is now facing.
Aligned with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, full
implementation of the rule of law at national and international levels is
fundamental to efforts towards a durable peace, peaceful settlement of
disputes, effective protection of human rights and sustainable development,
including the post-2015 Development Agenda. In this regard, Viet Nam would like
to emphasize that efforts of the international community in implementing the
rule of law must be based on principles of sovereign equality of States,
peaceful settlement of disputes and respect for territorial integrity.
Towards the year 2015 when an ASEAN
Community is established, from a loose grouping, now ASEAN is on its way to
develop into a rules-based organization with its own Charter and legal personality.
The importance accorded to the rule of law has been placed to new heights in
the ASEAN Charter where the rule of law is officially set as both a purpose and
a principle. As a member state, Viet Nam has actively contributed to and remain
committed to further intensifying our efforts to realize a politically
cohesive, economically intergrated and socially responsible ASEAN Community in
2015. As a rule based Community, ASEAN will not only take advantage of current
and future opportunities, but also effectively respond to regional and
international challenges, including peace, stability and maritime security in
the region. In this regard, we would like to emphasize the importance of full
implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China
Sea (DOC) and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea
(COC), to ensuring the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with
universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
On this occasion, Viet Nam wishes to highlight
its commitments to uphold the promotion and implementation of the rule of law
at the national and international levels in accordance with the fundamental
principles of the Charter of the United Nations. We also believes that during
this session of the Sixth Committee we should focus on discussing the ways to
realize the commitments made at the High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law at
national and international levels taken place last year. For its part, Viet Nam
is now revising its Constitution aiming to further facilitating the building of
a law-governed socialist State of, by and for the people, thus contributing to
the cause of national construction and international integration process.
Viet Nam will work and cooperate
closely with member states and relevant
actors in international community in promoting the rule of law at international
and national levels.
I thank you Mr. Chairman.