Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam highlighted the significance of water security as a foundation for stability and development of each country, in the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s Arria-formula meeting on March 22 on achieving a better protection of water-related
essential services and infrastructure for the civilian population during armed
Speaking at the event, Counsellor Le Thi Minh Thoa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, said that in the context of the current complicated conflicts in the world, it is more important than ever to promote the observance of the principles and obligations of the parties amid conflict.
Accordingly, the parties engaging in the conflict should have primary responsibility for the protection of civilians as well as the infrastructure providing essential services in the territory or area under their control.
The UN Security Council should take a stronger role against attacks targeting civilians and take the necessary measures to prevent such violations, she said.
She underlined that the UN, international and regional organisations also need to strengthen cooperation and coordination in supporting awareness raising, capacity building, humanitarian and technical assistance to promote the implementation of humanitarian law in countries.
Participants shared concerns about the
serious consequences of infrastructure destruction that disrupts access to
basic services providing clean water during armed conflict, as well as the negative and long-term effects of this problem on the environment and
Many countries and international organisations
highly valued the council’s Resolution 2573 (2021) initiated by Vietnam on the
protection of essential infrastructure for people’s lives, while calling for the
strengthening of the implementation of obligations under international
humanitarian law, and emphasising the need for a deeper involvement of the council
in this regard./.