H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga
Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations
the Second Ambassadorial Meeting of
of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance
Thank you for convening this meeting,
and for your leadership.
Let me also thank Under
Secretary-General Kim Won-soo and Mr. Beridze from UNICRI for your briefings.
Viet Nam consistently supports efforts
towards non-proliferation and general and complete disarmament, with highest
priority given to weapons of mass destruction.
We believe that chemical, biological,
radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and materials pose a tremendous threat
to international peace and security, especially when falling into the wrong
hands. It is therefore essential to strengthen collaboration among relevant
national agencies and among countries, regional and international organizations
to raise awareness on mitigating CBRN risks, enhance CBRN policies and risk
reduction capabilities and foster cooperation against CBRN challenges.
It is along this line that Viet Nam
welcomes the initiative by Georgia, Morocco and Philippines to form this Group
of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance (GOF), and joins the
Group without hesitation. We are pleased to note that the Group has grown to
embrace 11 members, and we encourage others to consider joining the GOF.
Viet Nam has been part of the European
Union CBRN Centre of Excellence Risk Mitigation Initiative in Southeast Asia
since 2010. At national level, we have implemented 12 projects under the
framework of CBRN Initiative, including on bio-safety and security, biological
and chemical waste management, emergency response and capacity building on nuclear
safety. At regional and international levels, we have hosted many CBRN-related
meetings and conferences, notably the Seminar on Prevention and Response to
CBRN risks in 2014, the Ninth National Focal Points Roundtable Meeting for South
East Asia on CBRN Initiative in 2015. We also coordinated with the UNICRI to
organize the Workshop on National Action Plan in 2015 and are working closely
with the European Union to finalize the Terms of Reference in other projects on
capacity building for Southeast Asia in mitigating risks, including first
response, public and infrastructure protection, border, export, transit and
trans-shipment control, and conducting of national plans, legislation,
regulation and legal frameworks on CBRN-related issues.
As set out in the Objectives and
Operation Paper, it is important for this Group to address and promote various
CBRN-related topics at the United Nations, including the Security Council,
General Assembly and other disarmament and non-proliferation mechanisms. Our
focus should also be on promoting the implementation of the relevant UN
resolutions and mobilizing resources to assist member states in developing CBRN
national capabilities. We welcome the Group’s continuing efforts in drawing
more attention to the work and relevance of the Group, including its intention
to organize a side event and deliver a group statement during the seventy-first
Session of UNGA First Committee this October.
I thank you, Madam Chair./