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Vietnam solicits UN assistance to fulfill net-zero emissions pledge

By Viet Anh   November 28, 2021 | 08:05 pm PT
Vietnam has asked the United Nations to help it implement its commitments on climate change responses.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who met with the agency's director-general, Tatiana Valovaya, during his visit to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday, recalled Vietnam's commitment to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050 at the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) held recently in Scotland.

It also supported major statements and initiatives on forest protection, transition to renewable energy, adaptation for local communities, and methane reduction, he said.

A release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said, "Phuc requested U.N. and international partners to continue to support Vietnam in implementing these commitments."

Valovaya, hailing Vietnam as a role model in combating climate change, said the U.N. is ready to cooperate with it to promote areas of interest to both sides.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, L, meets Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Switzerland on November 28. Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Switzerland on November 28, 2021. Photo by Vietnam News Agency

Speaking about Covid-19, Phuc said Vietnam has changed its strategy to safe and flexible adaptation to ensure both effective epidemic prevention and development.

He expressed his sincere thanks to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund and Covax for supporting Vietnam with vaccine programs, medical equipment and policy advice, and called on them for continued assistance.

Valovaya agreed that Vietnam needs to increase its vaccination coverage, and promised that the U.N. would assist with vaccines, drugs and recovery.

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