Vietnam highlights its contributions to global human rights initiatives
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 16:50:12
(VOVworld) - Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc said Vietnam has contributed to a wide range of international and regional initiatives on human rights and other issues, including efforts to respond to global challenges. Mr. Ngoc made the remark while delivering a speech Tuesday at a meeting in Geneva of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
|Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc speaks at the 34th session of the UNHRC on February 28 (Photo: VNA)
The session was attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the UN General Assembly in the 71st session Peter Thomson, and representatives of more than 110 countries and international organizations.
In his address, Mr. Ngoc underlined Vietnam’s priorities and initiatives at the UNHRC, including the co-sponsorship of a resolution on climate change and children’s rights, and a series of events relating to vulnerable groups, from creating an enabling working environment for disabled people to ensuring the rights of people working at sea and enhancing education about the trafficking of women and girls.
The official noted that Vietnam has continued legal reforms by passing legislation on human rights last year, carried out a national plan to implement the accepted Universal Periodic Review recommendations, and adopted plans on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
On the sidelines of the UNHRC’s 34th session, Deputy Foreign Minister Ngoc held a working session on gender equality with the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific and met with the Foreign Minister of Georgia, the UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific, the Uruguayan Deputy Foreign Minister, and the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister.