Speech at the closing workshop of CBCC Project

20 Sep 2013

Speaker: UNDP Deputy Country Director, Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov       
Event:     Closing workshop of CBCC Project
Date:       20 September 2013
Venue:    Daewoo hotel, 360 Kim Ma, Ha Noi Ha Noi

Excellency, Dr. Tran Hong Ha, Vice Minister, MONRE
Mme. Tran Thi Thu Ha, Vice Chairwomen of Binh Dinh province
Mr. Dao Anh Dung, Vice-Chairman of Can Tho City
Dr. Tran Thuc, Director of Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment
Dr. Dinh Vu Thanh, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department, MARD
Distinguished participants from MONRE, MARD, other ministries and provinces
Development partner colleagues:

I am happy to join this closing workshop to take stock of key project achievements and to draw lessons for the next phase of our engagement. I would like to thank MONRE and MARD for organizing this event.

This initiative is jointly implemented by two ministries, facilitating close collaboration between MONRE and MARD in addressing the climate change challenges. It is also among the first climate change projects that started back in late 2008 when there was limited donor support on climate change and when Viet Nam was only beginning to draft its first National Target Programme to Respond to Climate Change.

This project has laid a solid foundation for climate change work and achieved commendable results, which will be presented by our distinguished project directors and representatives from provinces. Let me briefly highlight some of them from a UNDP and partnership angle:

Firstly, the project envisioned important policy directions and helped realize them. It helped bring about a shift in recognizing the importance of mitigation efforts, mobilization of climate finance, and Viet Nam participation in international climate change negotiations.

Secondly, the project pioneered some key scientific and technical research. Among other results, it helped establish a partnership between Viet Nam and a UK center of excellence for knowledge transfer to support the development of the first-ever climate change scenario in 2009 and an updated version in 2012.

Thirdly, the project support has resulted in adoption of many key national and provincial climate change strategies, policies and plans. For example, the National Climate Change Strategy and Climate Change Action Plan of MARD as well as of some provinces.

The above are just some highlights. The project has also contributed to many other results including awareness raising, capacity development and communications on climate change, as well as support for climate change negotiations, impact assessments and experience-sharing at all levels.

As we will soon start a follow-up project building on the work done under CBCC partnership, I would like to make the following observations for your kind consideration:
 
Foremost, phase II of the project should continue to play a catalytic role focusing on coordination, policy and institutional development, building a scientific foundation and facilitating policy dialogues. We are witnessing the growing investment and support for climate change that needs to be directed to priority sectors, localities and people in need.

Furthermore, the project should continue to promote innovative and sustainable approaches to building capacity at the provincial level where concrete actions take place. This will require a systematic and comprehensive training programme and regular technical support.

Finally, it is critical to have a close collaboration and open flow of information on donor support to ensure synergies of various efforts. For example, in the areas of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) and Measuring, Reporting, and Verifying mechanism (MRV), the support from GIZ, JICA and UNDP can be more closely aligned. Similarly, support on climate change scenarios by UNDP and other partners needs to be clarified for effective complementarities of efforts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The project has achieved its objectives largely due to its strategic placement and good focus, aligning UNDP’s comparative advantage and strengths with the mandates of MONRE and MARD. The project also enjoyed strong support and commitment by the leadership and officials of MONRE, MARD and participating provinces, as well as from research institutions and expert community.

UNDP has been working with many key government ministries and agencies, including MONRE, MARD, MPI, and MOIT on climate change related areas. These include climate change mitigation and adaptation, green growth, disaster risk reduction, and REDD+. UNDP is committed to continuing our support and cooperating closely with the Government, development partners, NGOs and provinces in addressing climate change challenges.

I wish you all good health, success and fruitful discussions!