PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc tells G20 int’l cooperation vital to climate change fight

Leaders of G20, guest countries and international organisations pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

Hamburg (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
delivered a strong plea for international cooperation in fighting climate
change while addressing a panel discussion of the G20 Summit in Hamburg,
Germany, on July 7.

The Vietnamese leader was the keynote speaker of
the discussion on sustainable development, climate change, and energy.

He stressed Vietnam is one of the countries to
be most vulnerable to climate change and negative impacts of unsustainable
exploitation of water resources of the Mekong River.

He reaffirmed the country’s commitment to early
achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations,
adding that the priorities would be reducing poverty, addressing inequality,
improving education, promoting renewable energy and coping with climate change.

“Vietnam has been continuing to integrate
climate change preparedness into its development planning, and is fully
committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent by 2030, and even
upwards of 25 percent if the country receives necessary support from the international
community,” he said.

As the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) 2017, Vietnam has pushed the agenda for sustainable
development, climate change response and efficient energy use. It is
cooperating with APEC member economies to promote inclusive development, he
noted.

The PM applauded G20 for its unanimous
commitment to responsible and efficient management and use of water resources.
He also asked G20 members and the international community at large for more
financial and technological support to developing countries in achieving the
SDGs.

Vietnam is participating in the G20 Summit as
the host of APEC 2017. This is the third time it has taken part in a G20
Summit. In 2010, it was present at the summits in Canada and the Republic of
Korea as the chair of ASEAN.

The 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg draws leaders of
the G20 members and the guest countries of Vietnam, Singapore, Spain, Norway,
Guinea (the chair of the African Union), and Senegal (the chair of the New
Partnership for Africa’s Development). It is also attended by leaders of
leading international organisations such as the UN, the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Themed “Shaping an interconnected world”, the
summit discussed an array of important issues of global economy such as growth,
trade, investment, international finance, sustainable development, climate
change, energy, support to Africa, migration, health care, employment, digitalisation,
and women.-VNA



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