APPF discuss framework to combat climate change

HÀ NỘI – Participants at the 26th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum on Saturday agreed that there is an urgent need for APPF members to establish a legal framework, institutions, policies and priorities for resources to respond to climate change, in line with international treaties, conventions, protocols and agreements. Addressing the 3rd plenary session of APPF on Regional Development Cooperation Issues, Việt Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam emphasised the cross-borders impacts of climate change on people throughout the world. “Climate change and rising sea levels are no longer a potential danger, but actually exist. The summer of 2017 in Hà Nội witnessed record heat temperatures, compared to the past 40 years; and if the sea level rises by one metre, it would severely impact some 40 per cent of the Mekong River Delta, where 12 million tons of rice is produced, as some 10-12 per cent of Việt Nam’s population would suffer and 10 per cent of our GDP would be lost,” Đam said. He added that many parts of the world have witnessed abnormalities in the weather, with increased natural disasters. “It is predicted that temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region will increase by 0.5 to 2 degrees Celsius by 2030. Climate change is caused not only by industries, but also by agriculture production and daily activities,  not only by the use of chemicals, but also from our living habits,” he said. Thus, apart from setting the proper legal framework for working to combat climate change, concerned countries should also invest… [Read full story]

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