Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and MoNRE Minister Nguyen Minh Quang presents insignias to outstanding individuals and units. (Source: VNA)

A ceremony was held in Hanoi on September 29 to honour 50 organisations and 20 individuals for their outstanding contributions to environmental protection from 2011-2015.

Prominent attendees to the event, which was part of activities for the fourth National Conference on the Environment, were Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Nguyen Minh Quang and representatives from ministries, sectors, localities, socio-political organisations and enterprises.

Addressing the opening ceremony, MoNRE Deputy Minister Tran Hong Ha praised the awardees’ contributions to environmental protection, and called for each individual to join in the sustainable development of the nation.

Deputy PM Hai spoke highly of the initiative introduced by the Ministry, saying that environmental protection has seen significant improvements at all levels since the amendment to the Law on Environment Protection was introduced in 2014.

He pointed to challenges facing the sector, including wartime toxic chemicals, pesticide residue and industrial pollution, that threaten the sustainable protection of the environment and mankind.

He also called for more communication campaigns to engage the community in working towards a green and clean environment and for the sustainable development of the nation.-VNA