IPCC achivements and Vietnam actions in climate change

'Response to climate change and disaster prevention is vital for the country’s sustainable development’, said Vietnamese Vice Minister.

'Response to climate change and disaster prevention is vital for the country’s sustainable development’, said Vietnamese Vice Minister.

IPCC achivements and Vietnam actions in climate change

The workshop "IPCC achivements and Vietnam actions in climate change"

That is statements in the remarks by Mr. Vo Tuan Nhan, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam, in a workshop on Vietnam actions in climate change, taking place on Oct 24 in Hanoi.

The workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“Vietnam recognizes that response to climate change and disaster prevention is vital for the country’s sustainable development. Vietnam has promulgated and implemented a number of strategies and policies on climate change, disaster prevention, sustainable development and green growth,’’ said Vice Minister Vo Tuan Nhan in his remarks.

Meanwhile, Ms. Pratibha Mehta, noted that Vietnam was severely affected by climate extremes.

“Women, children, the elderly and ethnic minorities are among the most vulnerable groups and every effort is needed to help build their resilience”, she said.

“The right policies, capacity and knowledge are continuously needed in order to take measures to reduce climate risks. Without that, sustainable development is not possible in Vietnam”, Ms. Pratibha Mehta added.

Ms. Pham Van Tan, Vice Chairman of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, said Vietnam determined five specific objectives in dealing with climate change.

The first is to fulfil commitments in the INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions mitigation.

The second is to fulfil commitment in the INDC on climate change adaption.

The third is to prepare human, technological and financial resources to fulfil commitments in the INDC and contribute to the transition to a low-carbon, highly resilient economy.

The fourth is to establish and operate a Transparency System to monitor and assess implementation of adaption, mitigation, and resource preparation.

The last is to revise institutions and policies to establish a favorable environment and focus national efforts to respond to climate change.

At the workshop scientists also presented in the findings of AR5, which was crucial input to the Paris Climate Change Agreement reached in December 2015. AR5 found the world has the means to limit global warming and build a more prosperous and sustainable future, but limiting warming to 2 degree relative to pre-industrial levels would require substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades.

“Continued high emissions will increase the risks for Vietnam, which is vulnerable to a range of impacts including sea-level rise and extreme climate events,” said Hans-Otto Porter, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC, which deals with impacts and adaptation to climate change.

“Climate change is a threat to sustainable development, but there are many opportunities to link mitigation, adaptation and other societal objectives,” said Porter.

On this occasion, Vietnam also presented the draff of 2016 climate change and sea-level rise scenarios for the country and Plan for Implementation of the Paris Agreement./.

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