A photo exhibition on climate change and AFD activities in Vienam (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Six films, three photo exhibitions, three conferences and three activities related to the issue of climate change will be held in HCM City and Hanoi to accompany the COP21 International Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris.

From November 30 to December 11, world leaders and representatives from over 190 countries will be meeting in Paris for the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). The aim is to agree to a global legally binding climate treaty.

The French Institute in Vietnam, French Embassy in Vietnam, French Consulate in HCM City, and the French Development Agency (AFD) on November 16 held a press briefing in HCM City about the activities.

Twenty-one photographs taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand will be exhibited at L'Espace in Hanoi from November 17-24.

The 60 Solutions to Climate Change photo exhibition depicts innovative, practical solutions that blend climate change mitigation and economic development, according to a representative of AFD.

The exhibition will also take place at the French Consulate in HCM City from November 30 to December 8.

The 21 photos, along with another exhibition dedicated to the 20-year presence of AFD in Vietnam, will take place at the Industry University in HCM City from December 9 to 23.

In addition, a conference discussion dealing with Official Development Aid strategies to address climate change consequences in Vietnamese rural areas will take place on November 17 at L'Espace, and at the Industry University in HCM City in December 9.

Previously, a painting exhibition titled The Earth in My Hands revealing visions of students aged 12 to 18 years from Nguyen Tat Thanh High School, and a film entitled Il Etait une Foret (Miraculous Forest) were held at L'Espace in Hanoi.

On November 22, a film by Jacques-Remy Girerd, La prophetie des grenouilles (The Prophecy of Frogs), will be screened at L'Espace.

In HCM City, a series of activities on film-discussion-quiz Tournee Climatique (Climate Journey) from Live&Learn which aims at "connecting youth and experts" will be held at the HCM City University of Natural Sciences next week.

A simulation of the International Climate Change Conference will be organised at Lotus University on November 18 with the participation of 50 English-speaking students.

Marine Herrmann from the LEGOS Laboratory in Hanoi, Ho Long Phi from HCM City Centre of Water Management and Climate Change, and Pham Thi Huong Lam from Hanoi University of Water Resources will discuss the science conference Rivers to Ocean: Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam at the HCM City University of Polytechnic on November 26.

French Volunteer Days, hosted by France Volontaires, will include conferences about coping with climate change and sustainable development projects in Vietnam on November 21 at the French Institute in HCM City.

Volunteers from France Volontaires will visit the Can Gio Mangrove Swamp on November 22.

In addition, a week-long programme starting from November 23 will discuss climate change in French to youth at all high schools with bilingual classes, and at the Power Up programme two days later at the Cargo Bar in District 4, which will discuss sustainable power sources for future.-VNA