delegation aligns itself with the statement delivered by the distinguished
representative of Indonesia on behalf of ASEAN.
and protecting human rights are one of the core purposes of the United Nations.
This is essential to achieving our goal of ensuring “social progress and better
standards of life in larger freedom”, as enshrined in the Charter of the United
important quest, we are guided by a robust international legal framework. Last
September, we commemorated 30 years of the Declaration on the Right to
Development. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights.
documents emphasize that human rights, including the right to development, are
universal, indivisible, interrelated and applicable to all. They are the
foundations that enable dialogues and cooperation among states while
acknowledging the diversity of historical, social, cultural and development
backgrounds. They have inspired us in our endeavors to provide opportunities
for all so every man and woman, girl and boy, can live up to their full
evident, however, that much remains to be done. Billions of people are still
deprived of even their most basic rights to food, health or education. Millions
of people are affected by persisting armed conflicts, rising violent extremism
and humanitarian crises. Human rights issues, in some instances, are hindering
dialogue and cooperation.
therefore, vital to recognize that human rights, be they civil and political,
economic, social and cultural or right to development, must all be treated as
equal, and as such one right or group of rights must not have primacy over
others. The right to development, for instance, should not be delegated to a
“second class” human right.
promoting and protecting human rights, we must respect the sovereign rights of
states, as well as their historical, social, cultural and development
circumstances, enhance mutual understanding, trust, dialogue, and cooperation.
position on human rights, Madam Chair, has always been following this line. During
its three years in the Human Rights Council, Viet Nam has upheld the principles
of objectivity, transparency, constructiveness and equal treatment to all.
national level, Viet Nam has done its best to preserve an environment of peace,
stability, promote sustainable development, to safeguard the full enjoyment of
human rights for our people. We place the people at the center of development
and have further strengthened our legal system, policies, and institutions by
mainstreaming the two Covenants and other human rights treaties to which Viet
Nam is a party.
appreciates the role and contribution of the Universal Periodic Review. We have
already presented two national reports and undertaken the Master Plan to
implement all accepted recommendations.
As for any
other country, Viet Nam still faces challenges in the promotion and protection
of human rights. One such challenge is the impacts of climate change. Viet Nam
was severely affected by the unprecedented droughts and salinization a few
months ago, and by deadly floods just recently. More frequent natural disasters
hinder our people’s right to food, health, education and adequate housing. We
call for and appreciate assistance to help us address this challenge.
conclude, Madam Chair, my delegation reiterates our commitment to joint global
efforts and actions to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights for all.
you Madam Chair./.