President Nguyen Minh Triet yesterday called on the United Nations to continue providing assistance to Viet Nam to help the country more effectively implement its social security and gender equality plan.
HA NOI —
"Viet Nam has always advocated for the development of social security and gender equality, especially for the rights of women," the President told UN Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet yesterday in Ha Noi.
Viet Nam's socio-economic development policies prioritise social justice, especially for those living in remote and ethnic minority areas, Triet told Bachelet at a meeting in Ha Noi during her visit to Viet Nam.
The UN has been supporting Viet Nam in its efforts to alleviate hunger and reduce poverty, work that is vital for the country's socio-economic development, said Triet.
Bachelet, who is former President of Chile, was appointed as the UN's official on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women last month and her Viet Nam visit is her first official trip overseas. A long-time champion of women's rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women's empowerment throughout her career. Bachelet has served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010.
Viet Nam and Chile had a long-term relationship, said Triet, adding that he hoped the two countries would soon complete their negotiations on a Free-TradeAgreement (FTA).
In reply to Triet's call, the former Chilean President underlined Chile's desire to reach a bilateral agreement on trade and economic co-operation. She said she believed the two governments would continue progressing on commitments to sign the FTA deal.
Triet took the opportunity to congratulate Bachelet and her country for having successfully rescued 33 miners who were trapped underground in San Jose for a record long time of two months.
The UN leader said she was impressed with the fast growth of Viet Nam's economy and praised the country for its achievement on promoting peace, socio-economic development and the empowerment of women. It was the reason she chose Viet Nam as the first country to visit after her appointment as the UN under-secretary-general, said Bachelet.
Bachelet, who is also Chair of the UN Social Protection Floor Advisory Group, said the UN wanted to apply Viet Nam's success story in other countries.
Viet Nam has shown its strong commitment to social protection, having achieved impressive progress in social security and gender equality, said Bachelet, hence the UN affirmed its assistance to fulfil the country's socio-economic development plan. — VNS