08:39 | 22/09/2018 VGP - On behalf of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, issued a statement on Friday, expressing the UN chief’s sadness over the passing of Viet Nam State President Tran Dai Quang. State President Tran Dai Quang “He presents his deepest sympathies to the President’s family and to the Government and people of Viet Nam,” Mr. Dujarric said. According to media reports, the 61-year-old died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a "serious illness” despite the efforts of domestic and international doctors. “A friend of the United Nations and an important promoter of Viet Nam’s development, President Quang will be long remembered in his country and beyond,” he concluded. State President Quang, born on October 12, 1956, joined the Communist Party of Viet Nam on July 26, 1980. He has served as State President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam since … [Read more...] about UN Secretary General hails President Tran Dai Quang as ‘Friend of the United Nations’
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Kevin Rudd is based in New York as head of the policy institute Asia Society and served as Australian prime minister from 2007 to 2010, and again in 2013. — AFP Photo Viet Nam News SYDNEY — Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd on Monday revealed he wants to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next UN secretary general, asking Canberra to endorse his nomination. A growing list of candidates have declared their interest in becoming the world’s top diplomat, including UNESCO chief Irina Bokova of Bulgaria and former New Zealand prime minister and head of the UN Development Programme Helen Clark. The Mandarin-speaking Rudd, who is based in New York as head of the policy institute Asia Society, served as Labor prime minister from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday he had officially asked for government backing, with the cabinet to consider the request. "Kevin Rudd has requested that the Australian government nominate him and, as … [Read more...] about Ex-Australia PM Rudd wants top UN job
(VOVworld) - The General Assembly of the United Nations held an International Day of Vesak celebration, also known as "Buddha Day", on May 21. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ambassadors, heads of diplomatic corps, monks, and nuns, attended the event. The UN General Assembly ratified a resolution in 1999 to celebrate International Day of Vesak to acknowledge Buddhism’s contributions to people’s religious life and the international community’s effort for peace, cooperation, and development. Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the UN, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga said Buddhism philosophy has remained valuable at present. The theory on cause and effect, peace, tolerance, equality, and harmony with nature can help the international community find solutions to current challenges such as poverty, discrimination, inequality, conflicts, environmental deterioration, and climate change. Ambassador Nga said Vesak celebration is an opportunity for countries and religions … [Read more...] about UN General Assembly holds International Day of Vesak celebration
(VOVworld) –The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Ho Chi Minh city branch held a solemn ceremony to commemorate Buddha’s birthday on Saturday. The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha commemorated Buddha’s birthday at Tu Dam pagoda in Hue city. Monk Thich Khe Chon, Deputy Head of VBS’s Thua Thien Hue branch, said: "At Buddha’s birthday, monks, nuns, and followers attended a procession to take Buddha from Dieu De pagoda to Tu Dam pagoda. We have prayed glory for the nation, peace for all people, and eternity for Dharma." On Friday hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns, and followers attended a ceremony at Quan Su pagoda in Hanoi. Nguyen Thi Nguyet says: "I’m very happy to attend the event. We wish that Buddhism will further flourish in Vietnam. Responding the Patriarch’s call for environmental protection, we think each of us has to improve our sense of responsibility." The General Assembly of the United Nations held an International Day of Vesak celebration, … [Read more...] about Buddha’s birthday celebrated in Vietnam, at the UN
(VOVworld)-Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Vietnam's permanent representative to the UN was speaking at the 16th session of the United Nations General Assembly. During the session, delegates discussed a report from a high-level committee on global sustainability presented by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The Ambassador Trung said that the proposals in the committee's report put forth specific measures highlighting the right to choose models for sustainable development and strengthen institutional management. These proposals have contributed significantly to creating and implementing development policies at national and international levels and Vietnam is ready to cooperate with the UN and other partners to speed up their implementation. … [Read more...] about Vietnam confirms its progress in sustainable development at the UN.