Opening remarks by Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Country Director in Viet Nam at the Consultation Workshop on the Review and Update of Viet Nam’s Nationally Determined Contribution

Apr 18, 2018

Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Event: Consultation Workshop on the Review and Update of Viet Nam’s Nationally Determined Contribution
Venue: Pan Pacific Hotel, No. 1 Thanh Nien Street, Ha Noi

Mr. Võ Tuấn Nhân, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

Mr. Jörg Rüger, First Secretary of the German Embassy in Hanoi

Distinguished scientists and members of the Viet Nam Panel on Climate Change

Representatives of the Government, Development partners, Academies, NGOs, Media, and stakeholders in a resilient and low carbon future,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Xin Chao!

I am honoured to be here with you today at this second consultative workshop on the review and update of Viet Nam’s National Determined Contributions (NDCs) to implement the Paris Agreement.

I also would like to commend the Government its leadership in the dynamic, progressive and participatory process for the review and update of the NDC. Commitments and ownership of NDC targets by ministries, cities and businesses are essential to the success of achieving these climate change targets.

I am very pleased to see that today’s session is bringing together members of the Inter-ministry Task Force, scientists of the Viet Nam Panel for Climate Change, academies, development partners and practitioners from NGOs and private sectors (tbc). Today’s meeting is a unique opportunity to discuss opportunities to increase ambition and expedite transformation of climate policies and investments to achieve the NDC targets.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

UNDP is proud of having worked closely with all of you and relevant stakeholders on the NDC’s update and review process, and particularly on how potentially game-changing technologies and methodologies can escalated for adaptation actions and reductions in GHG emissions.

Since the kick-off workshop in June 2017, UNDP support has been focusing on strengthening on how adaptation actions, and climate impacts are assessed, and how these are linked to co-benefit options in different sectors. We are working with MARD and MONRE on ground-breaking work to include systematic tracking of climate change loss and damage and identify potential mechanisms for risk transfer, for example insurance of crops and houses based on level of natural disaster risk.

With regards to mitigation action, as the majority support come from GIZ, UNDP are focusing on customization of an integrated abatement modelling framework for assessing GHG mitigation options and their socio-economic impacts, aiming to support   selecting optimal GHG reduction options.

Ladies and gentlemen

Globally, UNDPs vision for Sustainable Development through Paris Agreement is “A Climate Resilient, Zero-carbon Future”. We are proud of our strong partnership with Governments to scale up transformative and sustainable adaptation agenda, identity low emission pathways to build transformative investment towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In Viet Nam, we are working closely with key ministries such as MPI, MONRE, MARD, MOIT, MOC and provinces to develop programme and projects and mobilize financial resources from the Green Climate Fund  and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) for implementation of these projects.

Moving forward, I would like to make three propositions to advance our discussion on NDC review and update.

First, it is essential to work to actively engage the private sector in this NDC review and update process.  UNDP is looking to step up to promote the private sector engagement and to scale up the deployment of cutting edge technologies. We are working with the Government to  remove institutional barriers to enable private sector engagement. We are interested to learn about successful practices and lessons learned from your organisations in working with the private sector to achieve climate change targets.

Second, effective climate change investment needs to show co-benefits for both socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. In practice we can rarely separate climate change adaptation and mitigation activities. The NDC needs to prioritise measures that can produce co-benefits, and further explore the benefits of adaptation based mitigation actions, and to make the case of greenhouse gas reduction actions that also can reduce poverty and build resilience.

And Finally, a successful NDC review and update and implementation require strong data collaboration across sectors and a transparent mechanism to monitor, adjust and communicate climate action. It is important to disaggregate NDC targets by different sectors and to link this process to actual development plans to ensure that targets set are both implementable and realistic. The General Statistic \Office plays an important role in this data collaboration and a sustainable transparency mechanism. From UNDP side, we plan to continue our support to build national capacity to track and communicate NDC progress, and to set up transparency system and legislative frameworks to support the NDC implementation.

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope the new elements and analysis in the current review and update of NDC will provide information that supports  Viet Nam’s preparation for the global Facilitative Dialogue under the UNFCCC framework to define the ambition of Parties toward achievement of Paris Agreement goals.

UNDP is looking forward to continuous collaboration and partnership with the government, private sectors, scientists, development partners to support Viet Nam building momentum to consider making extra miles toward a resilient and zero carbon future.

I would like to end by wishing our workshop today a success. Xin Cam On!

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