A Vietnamese official has delivered an impassioned speech at the ongoing 67th Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO), calling on the organisation and United Nations agencies to intensify their response to climate change.

In his address, Deputy Health Minister Le Quang Cuong also asked nations to strengthen their connections within the framework of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health between the 10 ASEAN member countries and China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Mongolia.

He confirmed the determination of the Vietnamese Government and Health Ministry to build and implement national strategies and action plans on dealing with the threat of climate change from now to 2020.

The speech also focused on how the environmental crisis damages human health and each country’s socio-economic development.

The 67 th World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 19-24, with the participation of 194 country members.

During this session, the Vietnamese delegation is scheduled to give over 20 reports, including ones on infectious and non-infectious disease prevention, preparations for a influenza pandemic and newly-emerging contagious diseases, and the care for people with disabilities.-VNA