The Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, in coordination with the Embassies of Nordic countries in Vietnam, held a virtual and in-person seminar themed “Green Nordic Capitals – Leadership, Administration, Sustainability, and Innovation” in Hanoi on March 23. Source: NDO
The main purpose of the seminar was to promote exchange of knowledge and experience between the Nordic countries and Vietnam on how to ensure that their capital cities grow in a green, innovative and sustainable manner.
With outstanding achievements in economic development, social welfare, environmental protection, and cultural preservation and promotion, Northern Europe’s socio-economic model is valuable for other countries worldwide, including Vietnam, to follow, according to Associate Professor, Dr Duong Trung Y, Deputy Director of the HCMA.
Hanoi and major cities in Vietnam could learn from the experience in urban area management and development of cities in Northern Europe, he suggested.
On behalf of ambassadors of Northern European countries to Vietnam, Swedish Ambassador Ann Mawe said they are proud to be longstanding friends with Vietnam and to help the country in poverty reduction and sustainable development.
In regard to Vietnam’s socio-economic growth, the ambassador said the process should be focused on the shift towards greener and more sustainable development.
Economic security should be in parallel with social and environmental security, she emphasised.
Northern European countries stand ready to share their knowledge and experience in urbanisation, climate change, and environment, she said, adding that she hopes this experience will be useful for Vietnam.
The seminar took place both off-line and online through video links between Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the four Nordic capitals and had broad participation of high-ranking representatives and policy-makers from the Vietnamese government agencies, local experts, academia researchers, etc.
Delegates at the seminar also looked at innovation-based economic development in Vietnam, which they said requires the country quickly complete an institutional system.
The seminar is part of the Nordic countries’ support to Vietnam’s achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 11 on the importance of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable./.
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