NEW YORK — The Permanent Mission of Việt Nam to the United Nations (UN) hosted a meeting with Vietnamese experts working for UN agencies in New York on Thursday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tết) - the the biggest festival of Việt Nam. In his speech, Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang, head of the mission, showed his appreciation for the contributions by Vietnamese experts to the UN’s activities in general, as well as for their companionship and cooperation with the mission in many fronts in recent times. The diplomat emphasised that in the context of many difficulties and challenges in the world, Việt Nam's foreign affairs work, including multilateral diplomacy and international integration, continues to be a bright spot, actively contributing to increasing Việt Nam's reputation and position in the international arena. Vietnamese experts affirmed that they will always accompany and support the mission in completing all assigned tasks. There are currently about 20 Vietnamese experts working for UN agencies such as the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Secretariat of the UN.