Vietnam stands ready to be an active member of the UN, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said.
Vietnam will continue to actively participate in discussions on reaching post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals launched by the UN and integrate these goals into national programs and socio-economic goals, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung confirmed with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on November 12.
It will also actively participate in negotiations within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to achieve a new legally-binding and universal agreement in 2015.
Affirming that Vietnam would continue to be a responsible member of UN bodies and contribute positively to the building of the organization's strategies and action programs, PM Dung said the country appreciated the role and contributions of the UN in general and the Secretary-General in particular in dealing with global issues and promoting peace, security and development around the world.
Vietnam hopes to continue to receive policy advice and assistance from the UN, especially in sustainable poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, and climate change prevention, he said, asking that the UN back Vietnam's bid to run for a seat at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the 2016-2018 period and become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.
In return, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he valued Vietnam's implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, which saw the country record the fastest economic growth in the region. He thanked Vietnam for supporting the "One United Nations" initiative and appreciated its participation in a UN peacekeeping force.
Regarding the East Sea issue, he confirmed that the dispute must be resolved through dialogue without any resort to the use or threat of the use of force, and hoped that regional conferences would provide an opportunity for stakeholders to resolve the problem. The UN is ready to provide support in the matter, he said.