VN prioritizes fight against climate change
13:18 | 24/09/2014

VGP – Viet Nam always prioritizes cooperative activities to respond and adapt to climate change, said Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh.

PM Pham Binh Minh delivers a speech at the UN Climate Summit, New York, September 23, 2014 – Photo: VNA

Deputy PM Minh made the remarks on September 23 (local time) in New York at the one-day UN Climate Summit which drew the attendance of nearly 120 world and senior leaders.

He affirmed that as one of the countries that are most badly affected by climate change and sea level rise, Viet Nam always gives a priority to activities in response to climate change.  

Viet Nam set orientations to cut greenhouse gas by 8-10% against the level of 2010 and reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 1-1.5% per year.

The country is considering the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) with specific contributions on greenhouse gas cuts, adaptation to climate change and commits to working with the international community and partners to speed up the negotiations for a global deal at the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change scheduled in Paris in 2015.  

The Deputy PM also expressed concerns over the increasingly complicated and unexpected developments of climate change.

He also urged all countries to make stronger commitments and do their utmost to reach a legally binding global climate framework by 2015 in order to keep the global temperature rise at below 2 degrees Celsius in this century.  

The new agreement must ensure transparent and clear contributions of countries and supervisory mechanisms.  

Finally, the speaker called on countries to fulfill their commitments in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol in which developed countries should provide financial and technological support for developing countries to tackle climate change.

The same day, Deputy PM Minh separately met with FMs ofParaguay, Ukraine và Colombia./.

By Kim Anh

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