PM stresses int’l cooperation in climate change combat at G7 Outreach Summit
Updated : Monday, June 11, 2018 10:52 AM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has proposed establishing an expanded cooperationforum between the Group of Seven (G7) and coastal nations in combating climatechange and sea level rise, and protecting the marine ecology. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third, right, second line) and delegates to G7 Summit
and G7 Outreach Summit - Source: VNA

The forum aims to step upcollaboration, share experience, transfer technologiesand mobilise resources for climate change adaptation and response,the Vietnamese leader explained.  

Prime Minister Phuc raisedthe initiative while addressing the G7 Outreach Summit in the Charlevoix region,Canada’s Quebec state, on June 9 at the invitation of his Canadian counterpartJustin Trudeau.

In his speech, the PMconveyed the message of the significance of the enhanced international cooperationin climate change combat. 

Vietnam supports host Canadato concentrate the G7 Outreach Summit’s agenda on seas and oceans, and applaudsresolve and cooperation spirit displayed by the G7 countries to seek solutionsto promote the protection of the marine ecology, he said. 

The leader stressed thatVietnam is one of the countries hardest hit by climate change and sea levelrise as well as adverse impacts of unsustainable exploitation and use of MekongRiver water resources. 

He affirmed Vietnam’scommitments to seriously cutting emissions in conformity with the ParisAgreement on climate change, and called on the G7 countries and theinternational community to continue their assistance and cooperation withVietnam to help the country improve its capacity for climate change monitoringand adaptation, fight sea level rise and saltwater intrusion, and manage anduse water resources of the lower Mekong River basin sustainably. 

At the event, PM Phucaffirmed that strongly developing the sea-based economy in tandem withprotecting the environment and the marine ecosystem is a development directionand strategy of Vietnam. The country’s viewpoint is not exchanging theenvironment for economic growth, encouraging clean and renewable energy, greengrowth and sustainable development, and determinedly preventing waste releasethat pollutes the marine environment.

He welcomed Canada’sinitiative to prevent disposing of plastic waste into oceans, stressing thatVietnam is ready to cooperate with Canada and countries around the world tocarry out this initiative.

The Vietnamese leader alsoproposed the G7 countries promote the formation of a global cooperationmechanism for reducing plastic garbage towards oceans free of plastic waste. Heinformed that the sixth Global Environment Fund (GEF) Assembly will be held inVietnam later this month. Vietnam has proposed a regional project for an oceanfree of plastic waste that is applauded by the GEF.

In his speech, PMPhuc emphasised that the goal of green oceans can only be achievedwhen peace, stability and cooperation are maintained across oceans.He applauded the G7 nations’ support for ASEAN’s common stance on the East Seaissue. Accordingly, it is a need to enhance cooperation to ensure security,safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, peacefully resolve disputes onthe basis of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on theLaw of the Sea, and respect diplomatic and legal processes to consolidateregional and global peace, stability and cooperation.

The PM’s speech was welcomedby host Canada and many participating countries, which also voiced theirsupport for the initiatives suggested by Vietnam and for ASEAN’s stance on theEast Sea issue.

The G7 Outreach Summitlooked into pollution and unsustainable exploitation of marine resources whichremain global challenges threatening sustainable development of the entire planet,firstly coastal nations. 

The delegates called forstronger global and regional cooperation in protecting the marine economy. Mostof the participating leaders affirmed their commitments to implementing theParis Agreement. 

They exchanged initiatives,visions and measures to enhance the capacity for climate change response andadaptation, promote mechanisms dealing with maritime issues on the basis of internationallaw, prevent coastal erosion and sea level rise, form cooperation mechanismsand international standards of fighting plastic waste and illegal fishing,enhance the management and protection of the marine ecology, and ensuresustainable development of sea-based economic sectors.

They also voiced theirsupport for Canada’s initiative of reinforcing international cooperation inpreventing and handling plastic waste discharged into oceans,and promotinggender equality in climate change response. 

The G7 Outreach Summit, oneof the most important events of the G7 in 2018, saw the presence of the leadersof the G7 nations (the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada), theEuropean Union, and 12 guest countries (Vietnam, Argentina, Bangladesh, Haiti,Jamaica, Kenya, Norway, Marshall Islands, South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal, andSeychelles). It was also attended by the UN Secretary General andleaders of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for EconomicCooperation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank (WB).

This is the second timeVietnam has taken part in a G7 Outreach Summit, afterthe first time inJapan in 2016.


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