Vietnam continues to work closely with UN: PM

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Vietnam will continue to cooperate closely with the United Nations to achieve a variety of goals, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told visiting UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro in Hanoi Wednesday.

Migiro sent well wishes from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Dung and praised Vietnam for its socio-economic achievements as well as for measures the Vietnamese government has taken to minimize the negative effects of the global economic slump and ensure social security to work toward reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

Migiro, who took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the UN on February 1, 2007, is the third Deputy Secretary-General to be appointed since the post was established in 1997. She spoke highly of progress made toward developing a green office space called "One UN" in Vietnam, and said the UN is ready to support Vietnam in dealing with challenges caused by climate change and the rise of sea levels.

Dung said the country would always attach importance to its relationship with the UN.

Dung said the One UN Initiative is being developed effectively in Vietnam thanks to the efforts and cooperation of both parties. He said he hopes it will help increase the effectiveness of UN activities in Vietnam.

Dung wished Migiro a successful trip in Vietnam and said the country applauds the UN for organizing a high-level workshop on climate change and the rise of sea levels.

He said Vietnam appreciates and will contribute to dealing with the problem of climate change. In particular, Dung said, Vietnam will hold an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Conference in Hanoi later this month, with the problem of climate change being a topic for major discussion.

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