Japan backs environment priorities during Vietnam’s assumption of ASEAN Chair

Thursday, 2019-10-10 13:03:32
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Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan and Japanese State Minister of the Environment Sato Yukari at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Vo Tuan Nhan held a meeting with Japanese State Minister of the Environment Sato Yukari in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on October 9, on the occasion of his participation in the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME 15) in Siem Reap.

The Japanese State Minister discussed cooperation priorities between Japan and ASEAN as well as bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, including Japan’s support for ASEAN in dealing with plastic waste and ocean plastic.

She reviewed the outcomes of the G20 Osaka Summit held in June 2019 with the approval of the G20’s Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, expressing her wish that Vietnam will join hands with G20 countries to realise the targets set at the Vision.

Deputy Minister Nhan informed the Japanese Minister on Vietnam’s activities to address plastic waste including the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s commitment and initiative at the G7 meeting in 2018 to join other countries to handle marine plastic waste.

The Vietnamese PM also launched a national campaign on the prevention of plastic waste in June 2019, affirming Vietnam’s determination in the fight against plastic waste and support for the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision.

As the ASEAN Chair in 2020, Vietnam considers the handling of plastics and ocean plastic waste as a priority to implement. Nhan suggested that Japan continue to assist Vietnam with domestic waste treatment technology.

He noted that Vietnam will organise a national conference on solid waste in November this year and that Vietnam wishes for Japan to introduce advanced domestic waste treatment technologies that can be applied to Vietnam.

Sato Yukari also expressed her interest and willingness to support Vietnam in carrying out activities during the 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship Year, particularly priorities on dealing with plastic waste and marine plastic waste.