Excellency Mr. Vo Tuan Nhan, Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment;

Prof. Dr. Dang Huy Huynh, ASEAN Biodiversity Hero

Distinguished guests, partners, colleagues and friends;

A very good morning and xin chào!

It is a pleasure and delight to be here at this important Ceremony Honoring organizations and individuals whose great contributions to biodiversity conservation period 2012-2020 and Awarding Photo Competition on Viet Nam Biodiversity 2020.

2011-2020 has been a crucial period of UN’s declaration as the UN Decade on Biodiversity, aiming to support the implementation of the Strategic plan for biodiversity and to promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. 2020 marks the final year of the world’s implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, highlighting the achievements of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Therefore, the event today in Viet Nam is very important and timely.

UNDP is proud to having worked closely with the Government and other stakeholders to make meaningful contribution of Viet Nam to the achievement of the global targets through introduction and implementation of policy frameworks such as National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plan (NBSAP), Law on Forestry, Law on Environmental Protection; and deployment of conservation measures at local sites.

I am glad to see that these efforts together have yielded numerous concrete remarkable results in biodiversity conservation as highlighted by H.E. Vice Minister Nhan. These achievements directly contribute to the socioeconomic development in Viet Nam, while enhancing the biodiversity conservation at regional and global levels.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Viet Nam ranks 16th out of the 25 countries which have the richest biodiversity in the world. However, biodiversity has been under increasingly pressures to due losses of habitat, fast economic development, and climate change

To successfully conserve biodiversity, every stakeholder and individual has role to play. In this connection, I like to congratulate the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, honoring organizations and individuals for their great contributions into biodiversity conservation over the past years!

The Honoring Ceremony today is organized together with the Awarding Photo Competition on Biodiversity of Viet Nam 2020 which, I believe will reach out larger public audience.

On this special occasion, I would like to call for further immediate actions that promote jointly coordinated efforts from various line ministries, private sectors, organizations and individuals for biodiversity conservation. UNDP is committed to continue working with all of you to protect Viet Nam’s rich biodiversity.

I wish you all good health, happiness, and success.

Xin cảm ơn!

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