The Paris Agreement and Vietnam’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)
08/12/2016 11:10:15

On the morning of 2/12/2016, in the framework of the project Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in Vietnam by the The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety - The Federal Republic of Germany (BMUB), Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (the Institute) held a workshop on the Paris agreement and Vietnam’s nationally determined contributions (NDC) in Tam Ky city, Quang Nam province. The workshop was aimed at (1) communicating the results of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22); (2) sharing information on Vietnam’s expected nationally determined contribution and the COP 22’s main contents; (3) creating a forum on climate change negotiation and the Paris Agreement’s impacts on Vietnam; and (4) updating Vietnam’s scenarios of climate change and sea-level rise.

 

The workshop attracted the participation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Thang - Director of the Institute, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Thi Lan Huong – Deputy Director of the Institute, Mr. Nguyen Khac Hieu – Deputy Director of Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources), Mr. Pham Van Tan - Deputy Director of Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change as well as Vice Chairman of Vietnam Delegation to COP 22. Representatives from People’s Committee, departments and agencies, universities of Quang Nam province as well as of Da Nang city, Hue city and Quang Ngai province were also invited to the workshop.

 

Delivering the opening speech, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Thang informed that there have been 112 countries and territories to approve and ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He added just before COP 22, Vietnam ratified the Paris Agreement and Vietnam Plan on the Implementation of the Paris Agreement at the Regulation No 93/NQ-CP dated 31 October 2016 of the Government on the Ratification of the Paris Agreement and the Implementation of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the Decision No. 2053/QD-TTg dated 28/10/2016 of the Prime Minister on the Promulgation of Action Plan to Implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which assigns the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with relevant Ministries, departments, agencies and localities to implement widely and disseminate the Paris agreement upon the time the Agreement takes effect. This is believed to be a strong the commitment of Vietnam government to the goal of reducing 8% greenhouse gas rather than figures in normal scenarios with internal resources and these figures could rise up to 25% with international resources.

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Thang - Director of the Institute is delivering the opening speech.

 

Presenting Vietnam’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) at the workshop, Mr. Nguyen Khac Hieu said Vietnam submitted its INDC to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on September 30th 2016. Accordingly, Vietnam’s IDNC includes two components: the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and the adaption to climate change. In particular, Vietnam expects to mitigate 8% of its greenhouse gas emissions compared to BAU baseline (without conditions) and 25% of that (within conditions). Regarding the updated information on Vietnam’s scenarios on climate change and sea-level rise, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Hien – Director of Center for Marine Hydro-Meteorology shared Vietnam’s average annual temperature has increased 0.62oC during the period 1958 – 2014. He added extremely severe and strange weather phenomena in terms of abnormal heavy rain, droughts, floods and typhoons occur more frequently.

 


Average Annual Temperature in Vietnam during the period 1958 - 2014.

 

The workshop provided participants with an update on the process of climate change negotiations; the important contents of the Paris Agreement and the report on Vietnam’s Nationally Determined Contribution; as well as the main points of the updated scenario of climate change and sea-level rise for Vietnam. Useful information and knowledge by guest presenters contributed to  the work related to climate change in localities.

 

All the participants are taking pictures at the workshop.

 

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