Saltwater intrusion damages rice fields in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang in 2016 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop was held in Hanoi on May 4 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Danish Embassy as part of efforts to shape the new initiative “Partnering for the Green Global Goals 2030”.

The event gathered policy makers, scientists, businesses and representatives of the public and private sectors in Vietnam and other countries. Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tornaes also attended.

MoNRE Minister Tran Hong Ha said the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), launched in 2011, aims to gather government agencies, enterprises, investors and organisations around the world to act for green and sustainable growth. Based on this foundation, a new initiative will be launched in September this year, focusing on realising green growth goals through public-private partnerships.

As the latest 3GF member, Vietnam is attempting to contribute to the forum and global development. The country will work with other 3GF members to promote the forum’s activities for global sustainable development, he noted.

Action plans are underway in the country to realise the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Vietnam believes that cooperation between all partners concerned will help countries adapt to global trends and resolve common challenges such as pollution, exhaustion of natural resources and climate change.

International cooperation frameworks, including 3GF, play a critical role in stepping up connectivity, seeking partners and promoting cooperation opportunities to address those challenges, Ha said, adding that 3GF needs to reform, diversify and improve its activities to help settle pressing environmental and climate change issues.

At the workshop, participants reviewed cooperation within the 3GF framework and discussed member countries’ experience. They outlined 3GF’s cooperation priorities which match global trends, the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The function also looked into measures to increase 3GF members’ engagement and connect 3GF with its partners to narrow development gaps and boost the capacity of developing member countries.-VNA