Minister Dang Quoc Khanh meets and works with the undp resident representative in VietNam

18/10/2023

TN&MTOn the morning of August 16th, Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Đặng Quốc Khánh, met with Ms. Ramla Khalidi, the UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, to discuss areas of cooperation and activities between the two parties, especially in the implementation of COP26 outcomes and areas related to environmental protection, biodiversity, plastic waste management in the ocean and a circular economy suitable for the new practical situation.

Minister Dang Quoc Khanh meets and collaborates with the UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam.

Participating in the meeting and working session, alongside Minister Dang Quoc Khanh were Mr. Le Ngoc Tuan, the Head of the International Cooperation Department, along with the leadership of various units including the Climate Change Department, the Environmental Pollution Control Department, the Department of Sea and Islands of Vietnam, the Legal Department, the Institute for Resource and Environmental Policy Strategy, and the Ministry's Office.

On the UNDP side in Vietnam, Mr. Patrick Haverman, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, along with technical experts from UNDP in Vietnam, attended the meeting and working session.

In the exchange with Ms. Ramla Khalidi, Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh acknowledged and highly appreciated the cooperation and support of UNDP to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in particular and to Vietnam in general, during the recent times. At the same time, he expressed the desire that through Ms. Ramla Khalidi, MONRE and UNDP will jointly promote the sharing of information on areas of cooperation and activities between the two parties, especially in the implementation of COP26 outcomes and in areas related to environmental protection, biodiversity, plastic waste management in the ocean, and a circular economy that is suitable for the new practical situation.

Minister Dang Quoc Khanh acknowledges and highly values the cooperation and support of UNDP to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) specifically and to Vietnam as a whole, during the recent period.

During the working session, Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh and Ms. Ramla Khalidi discussed various cooperation programs and the support provided by UNDP to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in areas such as establishing domestic carbon markets connected to international markets, implementing commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as well as collaborating on the development of the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change.

Related to climate change, UNDP has been actively working with the Ministry to prepare for the implementation of the Joint European Union-UNDP Technical Project (JETP). Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh expressed his hope that in the near future, UNDP will continue to actively collaborate with the Secretariat, which he leads as the Secretary-General, to establish a partnership for a just energy transition and to implement the resource mobilization plan.

Ms. Ramla Khalidi, the Resident Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, presented Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh with a publication documenting UNDP's activities in Vietnam for archival purposes.

In addition, Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh and the UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam discussed cooperation and UNDP's international experience to assist Vietnam in improving institutional frameworks and policies to promote energy transition, develop marine spatial planning, foster circular economy, strengthen mechanisms and agreements related to carbon markets and carbon credits, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, while ensuring food security in the current context of climate change.

Thank Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh for spending time in the working session, Ms. Ramla Khalidi stated that UNDP always values the proactive approach of each country in sustainable development. She also reaffirmed UNDP's commitment to supporting Vietnam as a whole and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) particularly in certain areas such as energy transition, environmental protection, biodiversity, plastic waste management in the ocean, and the development of a circular economy aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and effectively addressing climate change.

Currently, UNDP is working with various units within the Ministry, such as the International Cooperation Department, the Climate Change Department, the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment Policy, the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, and the Environmental Pollution Control Department. In the upcoming period, UNDP hopes to continue receiving even better coordination, not only in implementing joint projects but also in receiving technical guidance and policies to enable UNDP to successfully complete its programs and projects. Furthermore, UNDP looks forward to receiving policy support, experience sharing, and resource mobilization solutions to transfer to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh took a commemorative photo with the delegation.

Regarding the ongoing cooperation programs, Minister Đặng Quốc Khánh and Ms. Ramla Khalidi have agreed on a reporting and follow-up mechanism to achieve the best results. They also expressed the desire for the cooperation between the two organizations to become even more effective in the future.

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