PM calls for setting up Expanded Cooperation Forum in response to climate change at G7 Outreach Summit
10:18 | 10/06/2018
VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for establishment of an Expanded Cooperation Forum of G7 and coastal countries to respond to climate change, sea level rise and protection of maritime environment and ecology at G7 Outreach Summit in Canada on Saturday.

Leaders to the G7 Outreach Summit in Quebec city, Canada, June 9, 2018.

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PM Phuc said climate change and sea level rise poses a serious threat to mankind’s survival and Viet Nam is among the countries worst affected by climate change, sea level rise and extreme weather.

Without effective responses, 20% of Ho Chi Minh City and 40% of the Mekong delta of Viet Nam will be submerged by the end of this century. This area is Viet Nam’s rice granary inhabited by tens of millions of people, and a food-exporting center that provides food security for many countries.

The Government chief said Viet Nam highly values the assistance for sustainable development of the Mekong River basin from G7 countries, including Japan, the United States and the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM).

Viet Nam looks forward to the continued international support and cooperation for sustainable management and use of water resources and enhanced monitoring, climate change adaptation, as well as responding to the sea level rise and spreading saline intrusion in the Mekong basin, stated the PM.

He affirmed Viet Nam is committed to joining the international community in early translating the Paris Agreement into reality.

PM Phuc also suggested the G7 work on establishing a Global Mechanism on Plastic Waste Reduction with joint actions from all relevant countries for an ever-blue oceans full of fish and shrimps and free from plastic, serving as valuable assets for future generations.

Viet Nam, on its part, has adopted a development strategy to vigorously promote maritime economy in parallel with protecting maritime environment and ecosystem.

“We do not sacrifice the environment for economic growth,” affirmed PM Phuc, adding that Viet Nam encourages clean energy, green growth and sustainable projects while combating strongly polluting waste for blue and healthy seas. 

Regarding the East Sea issue, PM Phuc said the East Sea provides the lifeline for 50% of the world shipping traffic, thus it must be the sea of peace and safety.

Viet Nam welcomes the G7’s support for ASEAN's common position on the maintaining maritime safety, security and freedom of navigation and overflight, non-militarization and refraining from unilateral acts that would erode trust, dispute settlement via peaceful means on the basis of respecting international law, the 1982 UNCLOS and the diplomatic and legal processes, full and effective observance of the DOC and working towards an early substantive and effective COC.

By Quang Minh

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