Strengthening ASEAN negotiators’ capacity for engaging in international climate change talks is the main focus of a workshop currently underway in Hanoi under sponsorship of the UN Development Programme and the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on August 19, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said that parties to the 19 th meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poland last year set a target of reaching a global agreement on the phenomenon by 2015.

However, he pointed to several challenges in realising this goal, including the gaps in opinions of developed and developing countries, ineffective financing for climate change and disagreement in rates of cutting greenhouse emission.

As Vietnam’s strategic partner, the UK has committed to supporting Vietnam’s efforts to adapt to climate change in order to ensure its socio-economic development, said head of Prosperity of the British Embassy Andrew Holt.

The training workshop will help Vietnam and other ASEAN countries effectively engage in international negotiations on climate change and secure the achievement of the new global climate agreement by 2015, he added.

The workshop is expected to help senior negotiators understand more deeply about important issues subject to negotiation before the world can achieve the joint agreement.

During the three-day event, experienced lecturers will share their knowledge on how to improve negotiating skills. Participants will also be updated on climate change policy progression within the framework of the UNFCCC.-VNA