NA Chair calls for responsible action in protecting green planet

Thursday, 2017-05-11 10:34:16
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaking at the event (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has called for strengthened solidarity and responsible joint action to ensure a green planet for future generations, which was set as a sustainable development goal at a working session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in September, 2015.

The top Vietnamese legislator made the appeal while addressing the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)’s regional seminar for the Asia-Pacific region themed ‘Responding to climate change – Actions of legislators to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which opened in Ho Chi Minh City on May 11.

The three-day event attracted the participation of around 200 delegates, who are legislators and leading experts on climate change from 24 IPU member countries in the region, and representatives of regional and international organisations.

NA Chairwoman Ngan noted that like most of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Vietnam is considered as one of the countries most affected by climate change in the world. According to climate change scenarios for Vietnam, towards the end of the 21st century, about 40% of the Mekong Delta area, 11% of the Red River Delta and 3% of coastal provinces will be inundated (over 20% of Ho Chi Minh City flooded); about 10-12% of Vietnam’s population will be directly impacted and the country will lose around 10% of GDP.

She went on to say that being aware of the great impacts of climate change on implementing SDGs, Vietnam’s legislature appreciated the main topics to be discussed at the symposium, which included SDGs and the IPU’s role; gender equality promotion and health improvement amid climate change response; opportunities, challenges and response to climate change; international commitments and requirements for lawmakers; and rallying resources for SDGs.

Concluding her speech, she expressed her belief in the overall success of the symposium.

Speaking at the opening session, IPU President Saber Chowdhury said that the symposium showed the close cooperation between IPU and Vietnam’s legislature. He described the event as a new turning point in realising IPU member parliaments’ commitments in achieving SDGs.

The IPU President emphasised that since climate change is affecting every country around the world and 88% of those who are affected by natural disasters in the world are in Asia-Pacific, climate change adaption and disaster mitigation are closely linked to growth and poverty reduction efforts, and the the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

He said there are five pillars for the fulfilment of SDGs, which are human; peace; prosperity; connectivity between Governments, Parliaments and within Parliaments; economic development and productivity on the basis of social resources.

He called on countries in the Asia Pacific region to share their experiences and boost cooperation in climate change adaption while paying more attention to promoting gender equality and improving the quality of healthcare during the implementation of SDGs.

He said he hoped that the symposium would provide an opportunity for legislators and experts to share their viewpoints and experiences on climate change, thus mapping out common strategies for the region in response to climate change.

Meanwhile, Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan described the symposium as an effective channel connecting information for mutual support and joint action in coping with climate change.

It was also an opportunity for Ho Chi Minh City in particular to expand cooperation with countries who are facing the same challenges posed by climate change and to seek solutions to respond to climate change in a bid to ensure sustainable development for future generations.

Within the framework of the event, delegates will visit Can Gio district in Ho Chi Minh City, which is considered as a case study for an economic model adaptive to climate change.

On this occasion, the Vietnam NA will coordinate with the IPU to announce a toolkit to help Parliaments assess their performance in SDGs achievement.