Weekly Events (from November 8th to 15th, 2021)

29/11/2021| 11:34

Following are the highlight events in the week: Vietnam re-elected to UN International Law Commission; Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite successfully launched into orbit; Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Organisation set up

1. Vietnam re-elected to UN International Law Commission

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn has highlighted the significance of Ambassador Nguyễn Hồng Thao’s re-election to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 tenure.

Weekly Events (from November 8th to 15th, 2021)

Talking with the press, Sơn said following the Party and State’s policy of promoting multilateral diplomacy, Việt Nam not only successfully performed important duties as ASEAN Chair 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 but also actively and proactively sent officers to work in prestigious international organisations.

Ambassador Thao’s re-election to the ILC with 145 approval votes was evidence of the sound external policy of the Party and the State, and reflected the international community’s support and trust of Việt Nam, affirming the country’s enhanced stature and prestige on international arena.

Moreover, Việt Nam’s continued participation in the ILC, an agency specialised in developing and codifying international law, demonstrated a strong shift in the country's international integration which is to actively contribute to building international law together with the international community for a world of peace, national independence, democracy, respect of international law, development cooperation and social progress.

It also manifested the maturity of Việt Nam’s multilateral diplomacy, the international community’s trust in Việt Nam’s persistent efforts as well as active and responsible contributions to the UN and multilateral institutions. The event also proved that the ability and expertise of Vietnamese diplomatic officials had increasingly improved, gradually meeting regional and global standards.

As for Ambassador Thao, the re-election was the international community’s recognition of his expertise, capability and experience as well as active contributions to important international law issues during his working tenure from 2017-2022 in the ILC, Sơn said.

Apart from the ILC, Việt Nam had been actively bidding for seats in important international organisations and institutions such as the UNESCO Executive Board (for 2021-2024 term), the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2022-2026 term), the World Heritage Committee (2023-2027 term), and the UN Human Rights Council (2023-2025 term), he added.

2. Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite successfully launched into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a payload of satellites, including Vietnam’s NanoDragon, into outer space on November 9 morning.The satellites were deployed from Epsilon solid-fuel rocket that blasted off in midair from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture at 07.55am (local time).

Weekly Events (from November 8th to 15th, 2021)

According to Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, director of the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC), NanoDragon is scheduled to be released from the rocket and traverse over Vietnam’s sky at 09.30am.

The successful launch marked “an important step forward for Vietnam’s space industry,” said Vu Hong Nam, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan.3U Cubesat NanoDragon weighing 3.8kg was developed by the Vietnam National Space Center under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The development of the NanoDragon satellite is part of VNSC's "made in Vietnam" small satellite development roadmap.

The satellite is expected to operate in a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 560 km. This satellite is designed to integrate an automatic identification system (AIS) used for tracking and monitoring vessels at sea.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam, who was present at the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture to witness the launch, said: “I was touched when witnessing the moment the Epsilon-5 rocket at the Uchinoura Space Centre was launched, carrying Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite into outer space”.

This moment has gone into history and marked a new development milestone of Vietnam's space industry, Nam said.Previously, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had to stop launching Epsilon-5 thrice on October 1, October 7 and November 7 due to ground radar issue, and unfavourable weather.
According to the JAXA, the satellites launched into outer space this time are part of JAXA's second "Innovative satellite technology demonstration" programme. After about 52 minutes, Epsilon-5 will begin dropping the nine satellites into orbit. NanoDragon is the last satellite to be released into outer space after leaving the ground 1 hour, 11 minutes and 38 seconds.

3. Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Organisation set up

The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee announced resolutions on the establishment of the Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Organisation, the Young Parliamentarians Group and the Group of Female NA Deputies.

Weekly Events (from November 8th to 15th, 2021)

Standing Vice Chairman of the NA Tran Thanh Man is Chairman of the Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Organisation, which consists of 45 friendship parliamentarians groups with countries.

Nguyen Thuy Anh, Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Social Affairs, is head of the Group of Female NA Deputies while Nguyen Anh Tuan, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, led the Young Parliamentarians Group.

Addressing the ceremony, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue said the National Assembly of Vietnam has established relations with about 180 countries around the world and is a member of many regional and international multilateral parliamentary organisations and mechanisms, adding that the NA's external affairs are closely linked with those of the Party and State and people-to-people diplomacy.

The Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Organisation and 45 friendship parliamentarians groups play an important role in promoting cooperation between the National Assembly of Vietnam and parliaments of other countries, establishing the position of the Vietnamese legislature in the world parliamentary diplomacy. They help promote the friendship and cooperation as well as enhancing understanding and trust between Vietnam and other countries, he said.

Regarding the Young Parliamentarians Group and the Group of Female NA Deputies, Hue said these groups are forums for female and young NA deputies to exchange and share experience in NA activities, especially in areas related to gender equality and policies for young people.