State President attends UNGA’s high-level general debate

22/9/2021| 17:11

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a high-level general debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)’s 76th session opening in New York on September 21 (local time).

Heads of State and Government and high-ranking representatives of 193 United Nations member states are attending the 76th session of the UN General Assembly getting underway in New York, the US. (Photo: UN)

The opening ceremony was attended by heads of State and Government and high-ranking representatives of 193 United Nations member states. The President of the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and many leaders of international and regional organizations, and international financial institutions were also on hand.

The theme for this year’s UNGA is “Building resilience through hope – to recovery from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations.”

During the high-level general debate week, delegates are due to discuss and seek multilateral actions to address current global issues of most concern such as the prolonged effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery and sustainable development, hot spots in regions, and non-traditional security challenges, including climate change and food security.

In his opening speech, Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th UNGA vowed to promote international cooperation in the COVID-19 response, post pandemic economic recovery and development towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also emphasized the need to accelerate global climate change response efforts, eliminate poverty, promote and protect human rights.

Addressing the event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to urgently act and strengthen cooperation to find solutions to a series of the greatest crises at present such as conflicts, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

He emphasized that priority should be given to accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and post-pandemic recovery, reducing inequality, promoting fair and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines, narrowing the digital divide, ensuring gender equality, as well as reforming and improving the operational efficiency of the United Nations.

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc is scheduled to deliver an important speech on September 22 afternoon (New York time), in which he will propose comprehensive and long-term solutions to the current pressing international issues in order to contribute to preserving world peace and security, promoting sustainable and inclusive development globally.

On the sidelines of the general debate, President Phuc will also meet with senior leaders of many countries and international organizations and attend summits on priority issues of the international community, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate security, and food security.