UN official wraps up Vietnam visit
Gay J. McDougall spoke to permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and representatives of Vietnamese agencies and organisations at a working session before concluding her 12-day visit to Vietnam on July 15.
McDougall said her visit was a success and she thanked central and local agencies and organisations for their warm welcome and positive cooperation.
The UN official highlighted Vietnam ’s establishment of specialised agencies and implementation of concrete programmes and targets.
She praised the country’s achievements in socio-economic development, implementing the Millennium Development Goals as well as its endeavours in reducing poverty and improving the living conditions of minority people.
McDougall also commended the Vietnamese Government for paying attention to cultural and language preservation and education which has helped ethnic people enjoy their rights and facilitated their involvement in social life.
The UN expert also held discussions with the Vietnamese representatives about ensuring ethnic people’s rights in all fields and proposed the Vietnamese Government consider promoting bilingual language teaching for ethnic children and continue with its assistance programme to ethnic people in disadvantaged areas.
Vietnam ’s agencies and organisations said they are ready to effectively cooperate with the UN and herself in accordance with Vietnam ’s consistent policy of promoting human rights, including the rights of ethnic people in the country.
During her stay, the UN expert was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and had meetings with a number of State agencies and socio-political, religious and non-governmental organisations in Hanoi , the northern province of Dien Bien, the Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, and the southern province of Tra Vinh./.
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