As part of the 142nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, the delegation from the Vietnamese National Assembly on May 17 attended the virtual session of the IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security and the Forum of Young Parliamentarians.
Vietnamese delegates at the session (Photo: PANO)
Under the theme “Parliamentary strategies to strengthen peace and security against threats and conflicts resulting from climate-related disasters and their consequences”, the session attracted 35 delegations from IPU member countries.
During the session, the Vietnamese delegation’s representatives shared about the serious impacts caused by climate change on people’s lives, which are potential threats to peace, security and stability in each country. Vietnam lauds efforts of the international community, including IPU, in raising awareness and actions of parliaments, governments and people about peace and security issues caused by climate change.
The Vietnamese side suggested parliaments continue maintaining strong political commitments and specific actions in the spirit of respecting international law, thus making practical contributions to global agendas on climate change prevention for world peace and security.
Vietnam also suggested the IPU set up global initiatives and programmes on developing a low-emission economy to create a foundation for policy dialogue, experience sharing and capacity building for countries, as well as the conditions to encourage private investment in sectors with low greenhouse gas emissions.
The Voice of Vietnam reported that the Vietnamese NA called for participating parliaments to urge their governments to fulfil their post-2020 responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making financial contributions, if they have yet to complete the mission; and to conduct post-2020 obligations.
The NA also recommended the parliaments actively restore economic development and relief activities to help those severely affected by climate change, ensuring that no one is left behind. Also needed is the transformation of development models towards low carbon emissions to ensure sustainable recovery and create new jobs for workers via the promotion of digital transformation, renewable energy, smart agriculture, smart transportation and the establishment of a circular economy.
Speaking at the virtual Forum of Young Parliamentarians, Permanent member of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Relations Dinh Cong Sy, who is also Vice Chairman of the NA’s Young Parliamentarians Group, has said Vietnam attaches importance to promoting youth development./.