Vietnam shares policies at Asia-Pacific environment meeting

Bangkok (VNA) –Vietnam has shared its policies to cope with
arising environment challenges facing Asia-Pacific countries at the Asia-Pacific
Ministerial Summit on the Environment which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from
September 5-8.

In his speech at the ministerial-level session, Minister of Natural
Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said Vietnam is striving to cope with
rapid urbanization, pressure from enormous demand for natural resources for development,
climate change and its impacts such as drought, rising sea level and salt water intrusion.

The minister presented Vietnam’s policies and measures to address the problems and reiterated Vietnam’s resolve and commitment to environmental
protection.

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment is the first of
its kind held by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(ESCAP) and the UN Environment.

More than 40 countries sent their delegations to the event, which focused
on reviewing the implementation of outcomes of the 6th Ministerial
Conference on Environment and Development (MECD-6) and providing guidance on
the UN-ESCAP’s plan of actions on the environment and development in the coming
years.

Under the theme “Towards a resource efficient and pollution free
Asia-Pacific”, the summit also addressed the linkages between resources
efficiency and pollution reduction in the region.

On the sideline of the event, the Vietnamese minister held several
bilateral meetings with ministers and deputy ministers of some countries to
discuss ways to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in fields of
mutual interests.-VNA



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