At the event (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – A roundtable on climate change and security was held in The Hague of the Netherlands on December 4 to exchange information and assess models, measures and experience in ensuring environmental security and climate change response.

The 8th edition of the roundtable, held by the Embassy of Vietnam in the Netherlands, in cooperation with the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, drew various local officials, representatives of diplomatic corps, and members of research institutes, non-governmental organisations and scholars across the world.

The annual event aims to bolster international cooperation and strategy sharing to tackle challenges of climate change, including natural disasters and each nation’s response capacity. It also sought new initiatives and measures to submit policy recommendations to the United Nations and the European Commission.

This year’s event was more significant as it followed the opening of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Poland.

Speaking at the roundtable, Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Ngo Thi Hoa underlined Vietnam’s role and efforts in activities to counter climate change impacts over the years.

Co-chair of the roundtable Matt Luna and President of Dutch Institute for Environmental Security Wouter Veening affirmed that Vietnam holds an important geopolitical position in strategies against climate change.

Vietnamese and Dutch experts presented issues related to climate change and water management, including cooperation in the Mekong River, impacts of climate change on periods of disasters, and food security.

An inter-ministerial delegation of Vietnam delivered the country’s cooperation plans and strategies on climate change response in the coming time. -VNA