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G20 Summit: PM Phuc calls for efforts in sustainable, inclusive development

November 23, 2020 | 09:29

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 22 called on countries to stay united, build trust, enhance cooperation and share joint responsibility towards sustainable, inclusive development in which no state or body would be left behind.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the second session themed "Building a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future" of the G20 Summit held virtually on November 22. Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 22 called on countries to stay united, build trust, enhance cooperation and share joint responsibility towards sustainable, inclusive development in which no state or body would be left behind.

He made the remarks while addressing the second session themed "Building a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future" of the G20 Leaders' Summit held virtually on the day.

The PM said that the world is witnessing rapid and profound changes, posing a multitude of new challenges, in which the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed decades of humankind’s achievements, and driven tens of millions of people into or back to poverty.

Diseases, natural disasters, environmental pollution, inequalities, poverty, digital divide, food and water security have remained the global challenges. Given this, PM Phuc urged the G20 countries to work closely with the UN, World Bank, IMF and WTO, to foster new development platforms, such as digital economy, circular economy and green growth, to address the challenges and narrow development gaps.

He suggested countries uphold high political resolve and make all-out efforts to integrate the SDGs and climate change commitments into their respective national development programmes and plans in order to realise the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the second session themed "Building a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future" of the G20 Summit held virtually on November 22. Photo: VNA

The G20 countries should take the lead in providing financial and technological aid for developing countries, enabling them to effectively implement the SDGs, join global supply chains, and access markets and concessional loans.

The countries also should beef up cooperation in coping with climate change and environmental pollution, particularly in preventing soil degradation, preserving coral reefs, reducing plastic waste, and sustainably managing water resources, he said.

According to the World Bank, Vietnam is among the five countries most severely affected by climate change, rising sea levels, salinization, and extreme weather conditions, particularly in its Mekong downstream –a rice bowl for the food security of the region and the world.

On this occasion, PM Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement, striving to reduce the total greenhouse gas emissions by 9 percent with domestic resources by 2030, and by 27 percent with international support.

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At the meeting, G20 leaders share the view that the pandemic has required urgent efforts to ensure sustainable development. Photo: VNA

Peace, stability, cooperation for joint development are the pre-conditions for sustainable, inclusive development, the leader said, stressing that it can only be achieved when international relations are maintained through a rules-based multilateral system, mutual respect, understanding and trust, and cooperation among the countries.

In the new normal, G20, the UN and other multilateral institutions can play bigger role in addressing global challenges, PM Phuc stated.

At the meeting, G20 leaders shared the view that the pandemic has required urgent efforts to ensure sustainable development, and highlighted the important role of the G20 in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development as scheduled, and further empowering women and youth.

Since 2010, Vietnam has been invited to the G20 summits for five times. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s attendance and addressing the summit have demonstrated Vietnam’s constructive and responsible contributions as the ASEAN Chair 2020 to global issues./.

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