PM addresses G7 Outreach Summit
Updated : Monday, June 11, 2018 10:54 AM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a speech at the Group of Seven (G7)Outreach Summit in Quebec, Canada on June 9 (Canada time), affirming Vietnam’scommitment to joining the international community in early translating theParis Agreement into reality.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (back, third, left) and other leaders at the G7
Outreach Summit in Canada - Photo: VNA

The following is the fulltext of his speech.


At the G7 Outreach Meeting

(Quebec,Canada, 9/6/2018)

The Right Honourable JustinTrudeau, Prime Minister of Canada,

Excellences, Heads of Stateand Government

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to sincerelythank The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for inviting Viet Namto the expanded G7 meeting today. The theme Ocean set for this meeting ishighly relevant. It is the habitat and development space of all coastal nationsand the entire planet. 

I wish to share thefollowing views:

First, climate change andsea level rise poses a serious threat to mankind’s survival. Viet Nam has along coastline and, according to the WB and OECD, is among the countries worstaffected by climate change, sea level rise and extreme weather. Withouteffective responses, 20% of Ho Chi Minh City and 40% of the Mekong delta ofViet Nam will be submerged by the end of this century. This area is Viet Nam’srice granary inhabited by tens of millions of people, and a food-exportingcenter that provides food security for many countries.

Viet Nam highly values theassistance for sustainable development of the Mekong River basin from G7countries, including Japan, the United States and the Friends of the LowerMekong (FLM). We look forward to the continued international support andcooperation for sustainable management and use of water resources and enhanced monitoring,climate change adaptation, as well as responding to the sea level rise andspreading saline intrusion in the Mekong basin. 

Viet Nam is committed tojoining the international community in early translating the Paris Agreementinto reality. 

I would like to propose thatG7 countries consider establishing an Expanded Cooperation Forum of G7 andcoastal countries on response to climate change, sea level rise and protectionof maritime environment and ecology in order to promote cooperation, share experience,transfer technologies and muster resources. Viet Nam welcomes the G7’s topic onthe gender equality to facilitate women’s access to resources and basicservices in responding to climate change.

Second, 8 million tons ofplastic waste are flushed into our oceans every year, imperiling the maritimeecosystem and the oceans’ health. Viet Nam welcomes Canada's initiative onpreventing plastic litter on oceans, and stands ready to work with Canada andother partners in its implementation.  At the Global Environment Facility(GEF) Assembly to be held in Viet Nam in late June 2018, we will put forward aninitiative on developing a Regional Project for a Plastic – Free Ocean, which hasbeen welcomed by the GEF. 

At this forum, I would liketo propose that the G7 work on establishing a Global Mechanism on Plastic WasteReduction with joint actions from all relevant countries for ever-blue oceansfull of fish and shrimps and free from plastic, serving as valuable assets forfuture generations.

Viet Nam, on its part, hasadopted a development strategy to vigorously promote maritime economy inparallel with protecting maritime environment and ecosystem. We do notsacrifice the environment for economic growth. We encourage clean energy, greengrowth and sustainable projects while combating strongly polluting waste forblue and healthy seas.  

Lastly, the preservation ofblue oceans as the living habitat of mankind is only possible with peace,stability and cooperation prevailing at seas. 

The East Sea in SoutheastAsia provides the lifeline for 50% of the world shipping traffic. It must bethe sea of peace and safety. Viet Nam welcomes the G7’s support for ASEAN'scommon position on the maintaining maritime safety, security and freedom ofnavigation and overflight, non-militarization and refraining from unilateralacts that would erode trust, dispute settlement via peaceful means on the basisof respecting international law, the 1982 UNCLOS and the diplomatic and legalprocesses, full and effective observance of the DOC and working towards anearly substantive and effective COC.

Ladiesand Gentlemen, 

I would like to affirm thatViet Nam stands ready to advance cooperation in realizing the theme of the G7Meeting today on effective response to climate change, sea level rise,development of clean, renewable energy, and protection of maritime environmentand ecosystem. Our common goal is for a blue ocean, a green planet, peace, stabilityand common prosperity.

Thank you for your kindattention.


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