NNational Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A meeting was held in Hanoi on April 11 under the chair of National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong to discuss preparations for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)’s symposium for the Asia-Pacific region in Ho Chi Minh City from May 11-13.

In her speech, Phong said the conference, which will deliberate legislators’ actions to realise the sustainable development goals (SDGs) amid climate change, is a significant event for Vietnam – one of the country which is seriously affected by climate change.

The symposium will provide a venue for regional legislatures and lawmakers as well as international donors and organisations to share experience and foster cooperation in implementing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

By hosting the conference, Vietnam will show its responsibility in IPU’s activities, especially after the Vietnamese NA was elected as a member of the IPU Executive Board for the 2016-2019 term, thus improving the country’s role and position in the international arena.
 
It will also contribute to raising public awareness of climate change and its impacts on the country’s socio-economic development, she added.

Participants stressed the need to carefully prepare for the conference, from protocol to contents and communications.

Representatives from the Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development promised to prepare contents with various themes for the symposium and provide speakers with necessary information and data related to the agenda.

The symposium will provide an overview about the SDGs and standards to assess the region’s advancements in implementing the goals, thus prompting regional parliaments to adopt stronger actions in promoting gender equality, healthcare, and welfare for all people.-VNA