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UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s 36-hour trip to Vietnam in photos

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on May 23 concluded his visit to Vietnam to discuss with local leaders many important issues, including peace, world security and human rights.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on May 23 concluded his visit to Vietnam to discuss with local leaders many important issues, including peace, world security and human rights.
General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on May 23 concluded his visit to Vietnam to discuss with local leaders many important issues, including peace, world security and human rights.

During his 36-hour trip, staring on May 22, the 71-year-old UN chief left a good impression on the country, where he attended a dense series of diplomatic events.

VnExpress  newspaper presents photos capturing the UN chief and his activities in Vietnam:

Representatives from the Presidential Palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations office in Vietnam welcome General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon as he and his wife arrived in Vietnam on an Asiana Airlines flight at 12:20 pm on May 22, 2015.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon talks to Pratibha Mehta, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi after the UN chief arrived in Vietnam on May 22, 2015.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon started his official trip to Vietnam with an important conversation with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on the afternoon of May 22, 2015.

At a press meeting after his conversation with President Truong Tan Sang, General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon confirmed that the UN is keeping a close watch on East Vietnam Sea developments, adding that the events there are important and serious.

Speaking at the 90-minute press conference, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang confirmed that the two sides’ leaders had a conversation with the spirit of openness, friendship and understanding each other.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon is seen at a discussion, which was 30 minutes longer than planned, with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The two sides discussed topics including East Vietnam Sea issues and climate change effects.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon at the discussion with Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on May 22, 2015.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon meets with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh before the two sides started a discussion on the morning of May 23, 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s headquarters.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the Green One UN House. He said that the facility is the most energy-efficient and friendliest Green One UN House in the region. It is also proof of consistent cooperation among UN organizations.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, together with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta, cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the Green One UN House, which is the new UN headquarters in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh and General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon hold the representative key of the Green One UN House in Vietnam. The house was constructed with high-standard insulating materials which help control airflow and create high-quality air in the building, reducing energy demand by 25 percent.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon talks to students from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi. In his speech, the UN chief repeated the words “peace” and “development,” saying they are two sides of the same coin, and emphasized that stopping violence is the UN’s target and UN Charter’s focus.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon shows his humble, friendly manners when talking with the students of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon listens to the speech of a Vietnamese Ministry of Defense leader through interpretation at the ceremony celebrating the one year anniversary of Vietnam joining UN peacekeeping activities.

The General Secretary of the United Nations highly appreciates the operation of the Vietnamese staff at the UN’s peacekeeping missions. The United Nations will continue to support Vietnam to progress further in this field to contribute to a peaceful world.

On the last day of his visit to Vietnam, General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon had a discussion with Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. In the photo, the Vietnamese NA chairman is introducing the new National Assembly building.

Ban Ki-moon became the first-ever General Secretary of the United Nations to speak at the Vietnamese National Assembly. He said he strongly believes in the NA deputies since they represent the Vietnamese people, and they turn the thoughts of the public and the UN into specific acts.