A regional seminar held in Hanoi on July 20 discussed preparations for intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the new climate change agreement to be concluded at the 21 st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2015.

During COP 20 in Lima, Peru last year, participants were urged to build and submit their own INDCs this year, ahead of COP 21 in Paris, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha.

So far, 19 sets of INDCs have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

Vietnam’s draft INDCs document covers expected contributions to greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change adaptation to be implemented in the country from 2021-2030. The plans have received feedback from research institutes, non-governmental and international organisations, and development partners.

Representatives from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Vanuatu raised their voices to devise their own INDCs and discuss the possibility of cooperation in response to climate change within the Francophone community in the Asia-Pacific.

The seminar was co-hosted by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Francophonie Institute for Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.-VNA