Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh speaks at the closing session of the Talanoa Dialogue. (Photo: VNA)

Katowice (VNA) – Vietnam has called on countries around the world to raise the spirit of cooperation and harmonise their own interests with international concerns in coping with climate change.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh made the appeal while addressing the closing session of the Talanoa Dialogue, which formed part of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, on December 12 evening (local time).

He said that since the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted three years ago, the international community has made all-out efforts to realise the pact, including the building of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP).

Thanh suggested that international commitments within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement should be intensified and not reversed, renegotiated, nor deliberately misunderstood as climate change remains a global responsibility.

Developed countries should make strong, clear commitments to provide finance, transfer technologies, and enhance capacity for developing nations in order to help them implement the agreement, thus turning the nationally-determined contribution (NDC) partnership into reality, he said.

The deputy minister stressed that pre-2020 climate actions are significant in narrowing the gaps of greenhouse gas emissions, calling on countries that have yet to adopt the Doha Amendment to promptly complete ratification procedures.   

The move aims to consolidate trust between concerned parties and create momentum for the implementation of post-2020 climate actions, he said.

Vietnam has set forth a plan to carry out the Paris Agreement, focusing on the implementation of the NDCs towards completing targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change, and increasing national resistance.

The work has also been integrated into socio-economic development by administrations at all levels, sectors, businesses, communities, and citizens, Thanh said.

Vietnam has kicked off the NDC update as requested at COP21, and begun the building of the third national notice, which is expected to be completed in 2019.

The country will set a clear roadmap on climate change response, contributing to global efforts in the combat, he added.–VNA