Speech at the inception workshop of the project "Strengthening capacity on climate change initiatives in the industry and trade sectors"

Apr 17, 2013

Speaker: Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director
Date:      17 April 2013
Event:     Inception workshop of the project “Strengthening capacity on climate change initiatives in the industry and trade sectors”

Excellency, Mr. Lê Dương Quang, Vice-Minister of Industry and Trade
Distinguished participants from ministries and agencies, development partner representatives,
Ladies and gentlemen:

I am very pleased to be here this afternoon at the inception of the project “Strengthening the Capacity on Climate Change Initiatives in the Industry and Trade Sectors”.  At the outset, I would like to express UNDP’s appreciation to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Industrial Safety Techniques and Environment Agency and other partner ministries and agencies for their contributions to the formulation of this project.

Addressing the climate change challenge requires a concerted effort at all levels – it is a truly global issue that knows no boundaries. Recognizing the shared responsibility of states, it is a challenge that also needs to be addressed through joint and coordinated efforts of all sectors within each country.
At the global level, the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is working toward a new legal agreement that will apply to both developed and developing countries for effective implementation from 2020. Under current international framework, Viet Nam is not yet legally obligated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions per capita were just 1.46 metric tons CO2 equivalent in 2008, which is much lower than in most other middle-income countries. But Viet Nam’s emissions are rising fast and the UNFCCC’s new legal agreement may have significant implications for Viet Nam.

At country level, as was just mentioned by Vice-Minister Quang, Viet Nam adopted the national Green Growth Strategy. By doing so, the country has joined the international efforts by setting targets to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by 8-10% as compared to the 2010 level. Meeting this target requires bold and innovative solutions, including measures to improve energy efficiency, the use of modern and clean production, transport and construction technologies. Changing behaviors of consumers and businesses will also be an important factor underpinning these solutions.
The project we are launching today will support the identification of policy gaps and opportunities to help the industry and trade sectors mitigate the causes of climate change and to increase the resilience to its negative impacts. One of the key objectives will be to ensure that industries and trade are ready to meet the emission targets that will be specified for these sectors in keeping with the national Green Growth Strategy. This objective aims to develop “national appropriate mitigation actions” (known as NAMA) of the key industrial sectors, which are among the biggest GHG emitters in Viet Nam.

The project recognizes the private sector as a key stakeholder who is expected to contribute a major portion of the future international climate finance, mainly for mitigating actions. Businesses have access to capital and can generate technologies that will ultimately determine the success of the climate change mitigation efforts. National policy frameworks need to stimulate the crucial role of the private sector in the implementation of sectoral mitigation actions and the reduction of GHG emissions. These policies should provide adequate incentives and level playing field for all domestic and foreign businesses to invest in low-carbon development.

The project is designed to link closely with the EU-UNDP Global Programme on Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB), which is financed by the European Commission together with the Governments of Australia and Germany. The project is designed to work closely with the ongoing and future support from development partners to the Ministry of Industries and Trade on sustainable industrial development.

Climate change being a multi-disciplinary issue, the project requires active participation and close cooperation among various sectors and departments within the Ministry, especially in the development of the sectoral NAMAs. Equally important are partnerships with the Ministry of Planning and Investment for successful implementation of the Green Growth Strategy, and with Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for national greenhouse gas inventory and reporting under the UNFCCC.

Ladies and Gentlemen:
The Government of Viet Nam has initiated a number of critical actions at the country level towards climate change mitigation and adaption. These efforts have been recognized by the international community, including at the Rio+20 Conference held last year. With the essential leadership of the Ministry of Industries and Trade, the Government is taking an important further step towards mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through a more comprehensive sectoral approach.

UNDP is truly excited to be part of this initiative. We hope that today marks a new benchmark in reducing emissions in industry sectors towards a more sustainable development path in Viet Nam.
We are committed to supporting the collective efforts of all stakeholders to mitigate the contributing cause of climate change for the shared benefit of many people in Viet Nam and beyond.

Xin cam on va chuc suc khoe!