Geneva (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao pledged to contribute more to the progress and development of international law, for peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development in the world.
Speaking at the 73rd session of the International Law Commission (ILC) on 5 August, the Ambassador, on behalf of the regional group of Asian States, praised the efforts of the commission as well as its contributions and support to developing countries.
The 73rd session is the last meeting of the commission for the 2017-2022 mandate, which lasted up to six years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session took place from April 18 to June 3 and from July 4 to August 5.
Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao was re-elected to the international law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 term on November 12, 2021, with 145 votes out of 191, ranking fourth among 11 candidates from Asia-Pacific.
During the 2017-2022 term, Ambassador Thao was the first Vietnamese to be elected to the ILC. He has actively participated and contributed ideas to important committee discussions regarding the protection of the environment in armed conflict, the protection of the atmosphere, the response to sea level rise and international law.
Thao holds a doctorate in law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and previously held important positions such as vice-president of the National Border Commission and head of Vietnamese delegations to negotiations on border agreements with the countries neighbors of Vietnam.
The ILC is an independent body of the UN and specializes in the development and codification of international law, and reports to the Legal Committee of the UN General Assembly. It is composed of 34 members elected by UN Member States every five years by secret ballot./.