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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga at the Second Ambassadorial Meeting of Group of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance
04-06-2016, 11:41 am

Remarks

by H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga

Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations

at the Second Ambassadorial Meeting of

Group of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance

6 April 2016

Madam Chair,

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.

Madam Chair,

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.

Madam Chair,

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.

Madam Chair,

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./ 



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