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Seminar focuses on national green growth strategy

Released at: 00:45, 13/10/2016

Seminar focuses on national green growth strategy

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Participants discuss Vietnam's commitment under Paris Agreement.

by Hong Nhung

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in cooperation with the EU Delegation in Vietnam held a high-level seminar entitled “Vietnam’s Green Growth Strategy: Pathways Towards Implementing the Paris Agreement” within the framework of the EU-Vietnam strategic dialogue facility on October 11 in Hanoi.

“Vietnam has joined the Paris climate agreement that was approved at the COP-21 last year with commitments through the implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC),” Dr. Nguyen The Phuong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, told the seminar. “Government agencies and development partners have carried out different activities to promote the implementation of these commitments.”

Five government ministries and almost 30 cities and provinces in Vietnam have developed and implemented green growth action plans. Many cities, provinces, and businesses have identified this as an important task that is being implemented in regards to resource mobilization, institutional and policy improvements, capacity strengthening, and technology.

More importantly, specific activities have been carried out with encouraging results and valuable lessons learned. With the activeness of ministries and sectors, Vietnam’s draft INDC implementation plan is being finalized for submission to the government for consideration and approval. These efforts contribute to setting in place Vietnam’s actions towards reaching sustainable development goals by 2030.

H.E. Bruno Angelet, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, told the seminar that “as a world leader in fighting climate change and in promoting green growth, the EU demonstrates that economic growth can go together with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and our partnership with Vietnam pursues the same objectives. The EU remains Vietnam’s best friend in this struggle.”

He added that the European Parliament ratified the Paris Agreement on October 4, tilting the balance by crossing the 55 per cent emission threshold and triggering the process to bring the agreement into force.

The seminar focused on discussing Vietnam’s National Green Growth Strategy, in particular linking issues in the fight against climate change with efforts in the post-Paris Agreement at COP-21.

Participants shared the EU’s expertise in decision making and implementation of Green Growth Strategies in Europe and exchanged views on strategies and their implementation in Vietnam and how to increase international support in the area of green growth.

It also touched on methods to address green growth at the strategic level, involving central authorities, and comparing strategic planning at the EU level and the Vietnamese Government level, covering areas such as green industry and renewable energies, green cities and green building, and green finance.

Moreover, the seminar outlined the strategic planning in Europe and European support to strategic planning and implementation in Vietnam, describing the private sector’s role and European enterprises’ contribution to green growth.

Attending the seminar were participants from government agencies and ministries, key officials from cities and provinces, as well as representatives from foreign diplomatic corps, academies and research institutions.

The seminar was co-chaired by Deputy Minister Phuong and Ambassador Angelet and welcomed the participation of leading EU experts and speakers from government agencies in Vietnam.

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