All climate action strategies must center on peoples’ interests
11:29 | 24/02/2021
VGP – The shared interests of communities and peoples, particularly vulnerable groups, must be placed at the heart of all national and global climate action strategies and plans, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is the first Vietnamese Government leader to have attended and delivered remarks at an event within the framework of the UNSC. Photo: VGP

Phuc made the above statement at an open debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on addressing climate-related risks to international peace and security, which was held digitally on February 23.

He voiced support for all efforts to address climate-related challenges at the UNSC and other multilateral forums, pledging that Viet Nam will work closely with other ASEAN member countries and back cooperation between ASEAN and the UN.

PM Phuc affirmed that active and effective response to climate change is both a major guideline and a strong political resolve of Viet Nam as it is one of the six countries most vulnerable to climate change.

He reassured that Viet Nam has made great endeavors to fulfill its international commitments on climate change.

The Government chief called on the UNSC and the international community to allocate greater resources to support developing countries, least developed countries, small island developing states, and land-locked countries that are most detrimentally affected by climate change, and are also lacking expertise and resources, in order for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG-2030), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Paris Agreement (COP-21) to be effectively implemented.

Climate change-related risks to international peace and security is an issue drawing great attention at the UNSC. Since 2007, the UNSC has organized nine debates on the issue, with a statement of the council’s President adopted in 2011 on climate change’s impact on maintenance of peace and security.

This year’s debate drew the attendance of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Presidents, Prime Ministers and high-level representatives of the UNSC member countries./.


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