Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh on August 4 called on the environment sector to make drastic changes in mentalities and raise public awareness for a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle, thus harmonizing the relationship between economic development and environmental protection.
Addressing a plenary session of the 10th National Conference on the Environment in Hanoi which attracted 600 delegates, Thanh highlighted the great challenges of current environmental protection, including severe environmental pollution in many many places and the degradation of biodiversity.
He asked the environment sector to continue to diversify resources for environmental protection activities, while paying more attention to the environmental factor in the value structure of goods and services, strengthening the application of the law in environmental activities and increasing the use of state mechanisms, tools and management. environmental protection measures.
He also called on ministries, sectors and localities to quickly build and implement specific programs and action plans, while multiplying the right models on the ground to bring about positive changes and evident results in the work.
According to Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha, the conference, which is held every five years, is taking place in a special context where green recovery is a global trend and green and circular economy is being promoted in Vietnam.
He highlighted significant changes in environmental protection work, from policies to actions. Environmental issues are always placed at the center of the country’s agenda, development programs, strategies, master plans and plans with the highest objective of protecting the health of populations, ensuring the quality of the framework of life and preserve biodiversity and ecosystems, he said.
However, he highlighted a number of current environmental issues, including the unreasonable exploitation of environmental resources.
During the session, participants focused on defining the changes, challenges and directions for environmental protection in the next period, highlighting Vietnam’s efforts to engage in global environmental issues, measures to promote the green economy and ecological industrial parks, and the promotion of the role of enterprises in environmental protection. They also shared their experience in safeguarding the environment.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen said the conference comes at an important time when Vietnam is delivering on commitments announced at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
She said to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, it is necessary for Vietnam to prioritize six actions drawn from lessons learned around the world. Vietnam needs to strengthen climate legislation to guide and implement national climate actions towards zero emissions goals.
The UNDP representative advised Vietnam to accelerate renewable energy production, improve productivity and protect workers and vulnerable groups. Vietnam should design an innovative and dedicated climate finance strategy to facilitate the flow of green finance from all sources of investment and development, she said, adding that it needed a climate finance approach. more systematic and coherent circular economy to support low-carbon and climate-resilient economic development.
Wiesen pointed out that nature-based development is Vietnam’s sustainable path. She also recommended that the country strive to achieve an inclusive transformation that puts people and social justice at the center of all policies.
The official pledged that the UNDP and the UN are always ready to support the Vietnamese government in its transition to a green, carbon-neutral, circular and climate-resilient economy.
On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition was held on August 4-5, highlighting the achievements of state management on environmental protection, and another exhibiting modern production models and technologies. and environmentally friendly, advanced waste treatment technologies in various fields./.