The 64th session of the UN General Assembly in New York from September 23-26, 2009 (Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA) In the early days, Vietnam received strong support from the UN to overcome the aftermaths of war and embargoes. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, assistance from the UN and other socialist countries accounted for 60% of all foreign aid for Vietnam. During the national renewal initiated in 1986 to pursue industrialization and modernization, the UN gave Vietnam hundreds of millions of USD each year along with policy consultancy, technical support, and support for multilateral and bilateral joint projects. That support was instrumental in fulfilling national socio-economic targets. Now Vietnam has begun to give back by actively contributing to UN activities. Former Vietnamese Ambassador to the UN Ngo Quang Xuan recalled “During the 50th, 51st, and 52nd General Assembly, we accelerated our activities and sought opportunities to take part in top UN positions. At the 52nd General Assembly session in 1997, the country became a member of the UN Economic and Social Council and Vice President of the Assembly, marking a milestone in Vietnamese diplomacy. Vietnam was also elected to the leadership of other international organizations. So Vietnam’s stature has begun to grow.” Vietnam-UN… Read full this story
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