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The numbers that surprised the world about Vietnam's peacekeeping ability

Eight years ago, Africa welcomed two officers from Vietnam: Lieutenant Colonel Tran Nam Ngan and Lieutenant Colonel Mac Duc Trong, who were sent to serve as liaison officers at the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
This marked Vietnam’s official participation in the United Nations green beret force. 

So far, Vietnam has sent 76 officers to perform independent missions in individual form and 189 soldiers of Level 2 field hospital. In late April 2022, Vietnam sent a large number of officers - up to more than 250 people - to go on international missions.

In late 2012, the Politburo approved the Master Plan on Vietnam's participation in peacekeeping operations. The Constitution was amended and supplemented in 2013, which created the necessary legal corridor for this activity. In the same year, the Government approved the plan on the participation of the Vietnamese Army and the Public Security force in UN peacekeeping operations for the period 2014 - 2020 and the following years.

The Ministry of National Defense established the Steering Committee and launched the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center. A month later, Vietnam officially sent two officers as liaison officers to South Sudan. In January 2018, the first female officer was sent to work as a combat staff officer at the South Sudan mission (UNMISS). In October 2018, Vietnam successfully deployed the first Level 2 Field Hospital to the UNMISS mission in Bentiu, with 10 female soldiers out of a total of 63 officials.

In November 2019 and April 2021, Vietnam deployed the second and the third Level 2 Field Hospitals to replace the field hospital that had completed its mission. The number of female soldiers was 10/63 and 13/63, respectively.

These rates are highly recommended and appreciated by the United Nations.

Major General Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center told VietNamNet that, in the past eight years, Vietnam has come a long way from simple to complex, from independent activities of individuals to unit activities, from small-level units to high-level units, even with a larger scale of a 184-man engineer team.

It is proud that the rate of Vietnamese officers who have successfully completed their missions over the past time is up to 33.3%, compared to the the UN's average rate of 1-2%.

Vietnam's first Level 2 field hospital in the South Sudan mission treated 2,022 patients within 14 months. This is a record number, 10 times more than a normal level 2 field hospital. Peacekeepers in other regions also flew to South Sudan to receive treatment at the level 2 field hospital of Vietnam.

In October 2019, during a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (now the President) in Thailand, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that Vietnamese officers were one of the most prestigious forces who are capable to perform missions the best at United Nations missions.

Tuan Minh

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