Seminar seeks to promote private sector’s engagement in greenhouse gas reduction

Nguyen Tuan Quang, Deputy Director of the Climate Change Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, speaks at the event. (Photo courtesy of JICA– Climate change has become one of the great challenges facing humanity, affecting all aspects of economy, politics, diplomacy as well as global security, Nguyen Tuan Quang, Deputy Director of the Climate Change Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), has said.He made the statement at a seminar on “Accelerating Business Engagement in the Pathway of Vietnam’s Nationally Determined Contributions and Net Zero Emissions” held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 30 by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in cooperation with the Climate Change Department and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).It aimed to share information and experience in greenhouse gas emission reduction between public agencies and the private sector while disseminating policies related to climate change and emission reduction.The Climate Assessment Report 2022 of the Vietnamese Government has pointed out that socio-economic development activities were the main cause of excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, he said the engagement of enterprises is extremely important not only because they are directly involved in these activities but also because they can contribute greatly in terms of financial and technological resources.Nguyen Tien Huy, Director of the Office for Business Sustainable Development at VCCI, said that Vietnam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and will suffer huge ecological, economic and social losses if the average temperature increases by 2 degrees Celsius.According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the private sector accounts for 70% of the total 21 billion USD investment needed to adapt to climate change in Vietnam.It is necessary for businesses in Vietnam to take stronger actions to accelerate the process of reducing emissions such as providing and putting into use sustainable, carbon-free energy sources at a more affordable price; optimise the use of resources to meet society's needs as well as build financial mechanisms to improve transparency and efficiency in corporate reporting, he said.To facilitate private sector engagement in National Determined Contributions (NDC), MONRE has collaborated with JICA in the implementation of the project “Support for Planning and Implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions in Vietnam (SPI-NDC”), Huy said.The project will help promote the participation of the private sector by improving technical capacities of enterprises that are subject to facility GHG reporting systems being developed with support from Japanese experts.Murooka Naomichi, Senior Representative of JICA Vietnam, affirmed that through the SPI-NDC project, JICA will continue to provide opportunities for both capacity building and dialogue among key actors to consolidate the partnership./.

July 01, 2022 20:29 UTC

COP26 President hails Vietnam’s determination in transition to green, renewable energy

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) meetsUK Cabinet Office Minister and President for 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Alok Sharma (Photo: VNA)NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, UK Cabinet Office Minister and President for 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Alok Sharma and delegates at the meeting (Photo: VNA)– National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue had a meeting in London on June 30 (local time) with UK Cabinet Office Minister and President for 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Alok Sharma who expressed impression at Vietnam’s determination in transition to green and renewable energy.Sharma said he hopes Vietnam will make political commitments on the thresholds of the COP27, along with government ones at the highest level in the work.The official showed interest in bilateral cooperation in finance, regulation reform and experience sharing in power transition as well as measures to promote the partnership in the future.He revealed that Britain PM Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had agreed to sign a letter to Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh proposing the establishment of a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) between the group of seven developed economies (G7) and Vietnam.For his part, NA Chairman Hue highlighted that Vietnam is the first country to implement the Millennium Development Goals. Right after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were given, Vietnam has made necessary supplementation to its legal regulations to realise the goals.The leader affirmed that commitments Vietnam made at COP26 are strong political ones showing the country’s determination to respond to climate change, reduce emissions, and switch to a green and circular economy. The commitments are also positive and responsible contributions by Vietnam to common efforts to maintain and protect the global climate, he added.NA Chairman Hue welcomed G7’s selection of Vietnam as one of the three prioritised countries to receive support to promote the process of energy transition to realise commitments at COP26. Vietnam is determined to implement the commitments with the support of the international community, he stressed, saying that this is one of the major and urgent tasks of the country in the time to come.Vietnam will continue to act promptly, strongly and comprehensively, especially in the field of energy transition and infrastructure development to adapt to climate changes, thus turning the commitments into reality, stated the NA leader.Hue underlined that the Vietnamese NA will promote its role in law building, supervising and allocation budget to ensure the implementation of Vietnam’s climate commitments at COP26, including the institutionalisation of commitments and the strengthening of investment to research and development activities, the use of clean technologies and the speeding up of solutions for green growth.Along with supervising the Government’s implementation of national planning and adjusting and supplementing planning related to green growth, the NA has decided budget allocation for the realisation of SDGs towards green growth and the implementation of climate commitments, he said.Holding that like other developing countries, Vietnam is likely to face difficulties and challenges during the implementation of the commitments, the leader underlined the significance of support from international partner, including the UK, in the process.In order to reach net-zero emission by 2050, NA Chairman Hue proposed that Vietnam and the UK continue to strengthen collaboration in greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change response. He also asked for the UK to assist Vietnam in personnel training, and providing Vietnam with financial and technical support to build a roadmap of transition to green and renewable energy./.

July 01, 2022 03:49 UTC

Vietnam asks for Jordan’s cooperation in helping Vietnamese survivors of Aqaba gas explosion

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son holds phone talks with Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi regarding the Aqaba toxic gas explosion. (Photo courtesy of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son talks to Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi over the phone. (Photo courtesy of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son asked Jordan to support the Embassy of Vietnam in citizen protection and providing reliefs for Vietnamese survivors of a toxic gas leak at the port of Aqaba while talking to Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi over the phone on June 29.Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Al-Safadi offered condolences to Son and families of the Vietnamese victims, saying Jordanian authorities will do their best to assist the Embassy of Vietnam in citizen protection and handling remains of Vietnamese nationals killed in the accident.On behalf of the Government of Vietnam and the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Son also extended his deepest sympathy to Jordan’s losses caused by the accident. He thanked the Jordanian foreign ministry and authorities for promptly reporting on the five Vietnamese people killed and for providing medical help for those injured.He asked Jordanian authorities to step up investigation of the cause of the gas explosion and provide instructions on handling the dead’s remains.According to the Embassy of Vietnam in Arab Saudi and Jordan, a poisonous gas explosion at Jordan’s southern port of Aqaba on June 27 killed 13 people and injured 251 others. A initial report shows that the accident claimed the lives of five Vietnamese citizens and injured seven others who all are crewmembers of Hong Kong (China)-flagged vessel Forest 6.Needy Vietnamese citizens can contact the Citizen Protection Hotline: (+84) 981.84.84.84 or that of the Vietnamese Embassy in Saudi Arabia: (+966) 583.245.255 for help./.

June 29, 2022 21:10 UTC

Vietnam, China agree on measures to further promote parliamentary ties

The Vietnamese side at the online talks on June 29 (Photo: VNA)NA Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man speaks at the talks. (Photo: VNA)VNA– Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Tran Thanh Man and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China Wang Chen held online talks on June 29.They shared the view that relations between the two Parties and countries have continued thriving, with all-level exchanges and meetings held frequently in flexible forms. In particular, the Party general secretaries of Vietnam and China have had four phone talks in two straight years, helping enhance political trust and identify strategic orientations for the healthy and stable development of the two Parties and countries’ relations.The vice chairmen affirmed that the practical and effective cooperation between the two legislatures form an important part of ties between the two Parties and countries. Given this, they agreed to order their respective sides’ relevant agencies to fruitfully carry out the cooperation agreement signed in 2015 between the Vietnamese NA and the Chinese NPC, and implement the cooperation activities agreed on at the virtual talks between NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and his Chinese counterpart Li Zhanshu in June 2021.To further promote Vietnam - China connections, including parliamentary ties, Man asked the two sides to keep increasing strategic discussion and reinforcing political trust via high-level meetings; boost cooperation in all aspects to obtain substantive progress, including stepping up partnerships in economy - trade - investment, culture - education, and COVID-19 fight; continue cooperating to deal with problems arising during the cooperation process in a timely manner; and soon resume normal travel activities between the countries.Vietnam hopes that bilateral high-level mutual visits will be organised soon in 2022, he noted.He said the two parliaments should work closely together to monitor Vietnamese and Chinese agencies, ministries, sectors, and localities’ implementation of the three legal documents on land border between the two countries while taking measures to handle issues emerging in a timely and thorough manner, helping build a borderline of peace, stability, cooperation, and sustainable development.The Vietnamese official also called on the NPC to promote Chinese ministries, sectors, and localities’ creation of favourable conditions for export - import activities at the countries’ border gates in order to address the goods congestion there, thus maintaining stable supply chains, and guaranteeing businesses’ interests and people’s livelihoods in both sides.Regarding the East Sea issue, Man reaffirmed that Vietnam and China need to keep coordination to sustain peace and stability; control and properly resolve sea-related issues; seriously comply with the common perceptions and agreements reached between the two Parties and countries’ leaders, especially the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues; and persistently settle sea-related issues by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).He also asked the legislative bodies to strengthen coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums, boost exchanging opinions between NA and NPC delegations at international and regional inter-parliamentary organisations, and work with each other to ensure the implementation of the international treaties to which both Vietnam and China are parties.Sharing Man’s view on the need to reinforce parliamentary ties, Wang said NPC leaders always pay attention to and strive to enhance the two Parties and countries’ relations, as well as cooperation between their legislatures.He underlined the importance of consolidating the Vietnam - China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, noting China wishes to join Vietnam to bring into play their traditional friendship, enhance political trust, and further intensify win-win cooperation, thereby bringing more benefits to the two countries' people and contributing to regional and international development, stability, and prosperity.He also agreed on the necessity for continued exchanges and contact at all levels and expressed the Chinese side’s readiness to join hands with the Vietnamese NA to fruitfully carry out the two parliaments’ cooperation deal. China will continue assisting Vietnam in the COVID-19 combat, the Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee added.Wang also shared Vietnam’s opinions about the promotion of economic - trade - investment ties, along with the adherence to the common perceptions on peace and stability maintenance in the East Sea./.

June 29, 2022 15:57 UTC

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