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Vietnam premier calls for global solidarity to overcome COVID-19 at G20 Summit

Monday, November 23, 2020, 14:01 GMT+7
Vietnam premier calls for global solidarity to overcome COVID-19 at G20 Summit
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the second session of the G20 Leaders' Summit on November 22, 2020. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for unity among all nations to overcome the global COVID-19 pandemic during his speech at the G20 Summit.

PM Phuc delivered remarks at the second session centered on building a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future of the G20 Leaders' Summit, which was held virtually on Sunday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed decades of humankind’s achievements, and driven tens of millions of people into or back into poverty, the Vietnamese premier stated at the event.

Natural disasters, inequality, environmental pollution, poverty, the digitalization gap, and food and water security remain global challenges that no single country can deal with on its own, he continued.

To rise above these challenges, PM Phuc stressed the need to uphold solidarity, build trust, cooperate with good faith, and uphold shared responsibilities toward sustainable and inclusive development, in which no country or individual would be left behind.

He urged G20 member countries to work closely with the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization to foster new development platforms, such as the digital economy, circular economy, and green growth, to cope with challenges and narrow development gaps.

Leaders of G20 member countries attend the second session of the G20 Leaders' Summit on November 22, 2020. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Leaders of G20 member countries attend the second session of the G20 Leaders' Summit on November 22, 2020. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PM Phuc expressed hope that G20 countries will take the lead in providing financial and technological assistance to developing countries, enabling the latter to effectively implement the SDGs, participate in global supply chains, and access markets and concessional loans.

The premier affirmed Vietnam’s commitment in implementing the Paris Agreement and striving to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent with domestic resources by 2030 and by 27 percent with international support. 

Peace, stability, and cooperation toward prosperity are keys to promoting sustainable and inclusive development, Phuc said, adding this is only available when international relations are maintained via a rules-based multilateral system, where countries uphold mutual respect and understanding, promote dialogue and cooperation, and enjoy mutual trust.

In the 'new normal,' G20, the UN, and other multilateral institutions can play a bigger role in addressing global challenges, PM Phuc stated.

Since 2010, Vietnam has been invited to the G20 summit five times. 

PM Phuc’s participation in and remarks at this year’s event have affirmed Vietnam’s active and responsible contributions to global issues as the ASEAN Chair 2020.

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