A workshop was held in Hanoi on August 18 to launch the process of building Vietnam’s report on intended nationally-determined contributions (INDC) to mitigating climate change.

Co-organised by the Ministry of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the United Nations Development Programme and Germany’s development cooperation organization (GIZ), the event brought together a crowd of representatives from many ministries, sectors and institutions.

In his opening speech, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said as there were many different views on IDNC during negotiation sessions on climate change at the 19 th Session the Conference of the Parties to the UN Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19), there is no available guidance on building the report.

However, there is not much time until convention participating countries have to submit their INDC, so the country should quickly develop its own report, which should be conducted transparently with the involvement of all related parties, including the country’s international development partners, Ha stressed.

Participants gave their opinions on the contents and form of Vietnam’s INDC, including contributions related to climate change adaptation and relief, the country’s ability to receiving and transferring technology in the field, and coordination mechanisms between relevant ministries, sectors and organisations in making the report.

In recent years, the Government has issued many policies on responding to climate change in Vietnam and the country has also accumulated many valuable experiences in deploying multilateral and bilateral cooperation mechanisms on adapting to reduce green house emission. These are considered as important basis for setting up the INDC report.-VNA