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Hanoi (VNA) –Vietnam needs a comprehensive approach to turn challenges into opportunities, and promote effective cooperation between relevant ministries and agencies in climate change response, heard a workshop in Hanoi on October 3.

The workshop, themed “Opportunities and challenges on review and implementation of nationally determined contribution,” was held by the Climate Change Working Group in Vietnam (CCWG) ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) slated for December 2018 in Poland.

According to the first draft of the report on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) updated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in late August, the Vietnamese Government has committed to cutting 9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 using internal resources  as compared with the normal scenario.

Participants at the workshop said Vietnam should change its development path to reduce poverty and become a prosperous nation without contributing to global warming.

Greenhouse gas emission reduction and growth model transformation as suggested in the Paris Agreement will receive widespread public support only when they are closely linked with the reduction of the increasing socio-economic inequality, they said.

Besides industrialised nations, Vietnam, through its updated NDCs, needs to show its commitments and speed up its ambitious actions against climate change in order to ensure equal socio-economic development, they noted.

Hoang Viet, a representative of the CCWG, said the update and amendment of Vietnam’s NDCs require cooperation and strong commitments of all Government agencies, from national to grassroots levels, businesses and the entire community, aiming to affirm Vietnam’s position at international negotiations and promote sustainable national development with a low-carbon economy and high resilience and adaptivity.

Yvonne Blos, Climate Project Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Vietnam, said to reap outcomes as expected at the upcoming COP24, leaders of countries need to grasp opportunities and utilise favourable conditions.

NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of these long-term goals. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement (Article 4, Paragraph 2) requires each party to prepare, communicate and maintain successive NDCs that it intends to achieve. Parties will pursue domestic mitigation measures, with the aim of achieving the objectives of such contributions.-VNA