To ensure joint and concerted action, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Partnership, and the German Development Cooperation Agency GIZ co-organised an international workshop in Hanoi on November 7th to coordinate the effective use of resources for measures aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Mr. Pham Van Tan - Vice Head of the Department for Climate Change under MONRE spoke at the event. (Photo: GIZ)
The two Vietnamese Ministries presented priority areas calling for support from development partners. In great success, participants concluded to initiate an NDC Implementation Platform, for future results-oriented dialogues between development partners and line ministries on targeted support to accelerate Plan for Implementation of the Paris Agreement (PIPA) implementation.

“This event was an impressive demonstration of two factors that are key to achieving our common goal under the Paris Agreement: first, substantial resources can be raised for the cause, and second, coordinated course of action is possible”, said Mr. Pham Van Tan - Vice Head of the Department for Climate Change under MONRE.

Representatives from different development partners discussed specific support for actions under Vietnam’s NDC.

This process of concerted action on climate change was the first of its kind in Vietnam. It was facilitated by the NDC Partnership, an international initiative that aims to enhance cooperation so that countries have access to the technical knowledge and financial support they need to achieve large-scale climate and sustainable development targets as quickly and effectively as possible. Basis for the support from development partners is Vietnam’s PIPA. It provides 68 specific tasks that will ensure the achievement of Vietnam’s NDC.

To keep track of the progress of actions under the PIPA, MONRE, with support from GIZ, presented a comprehensive monitoring framework. Line ministries and relevant agencies will report on task-specific indicators, in a process facilitated by an online platform (“NDC portal”). GIZ showcased a prototype of the digital solution that will enhance transparency and effectiveness in reporting alike.

In a global response to address climate change, Vietnam and 178 countries have pledged greenhouse gas emission targets under the Paris Agreement, the first ever international agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of its long-term goals, and embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

In 2015, Vietnam had successfully submitted its first NDC, and is currently reviewing and updating its pledge to reflect current national developments since the adoption of the Paris Agreement./.