Strengthening cooperation between Vietnam and France in the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Vietnam

Report
from Government of Viet Nam
Published on 30 Mar 2018 View Original

Vietnam and France will strengthen cooperation in climate change response through implementation of the Paris-Vietnam Strategic Partnership.

The memorandum of understanding on this partnership was by Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Tran Hong Ha and Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD) Remy Gioux, on March 27, 2018 (local time) in Paris. This signing ceremony was carried out on the occasion of official visit to France of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. The President of France Emmanuel Macron and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong witnessed the signing of this cooperation document.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Climate Change Steering Committee Standing Office) will commit together with AFD to cooperate on 03 priority tasks, namely: Development of Gemmes Program (Generalized Monetary Macroeconomics for the Ecological Shift) to study different aspects of damages caused by climate change in Vietnam and to evaluate its adaptive strategies. Based on macroeconomic model for each region of Vietnam, the objective of the program is to provide predictionabout impacts of climate change on socio-economic activities in Vietnam. The program will integrate and evaluate sectoral and/or local adaptation options, Vietnam's Nationally-Determined Contribution in the Paris Agreement.

Under the Action Plan for implementingthe Paris Agreement, preparing scientific and strategic bases to assist the Government of Viet Nam in drafting legal documents on climate change (National strategic assessment on climate change, proposals for implementation of the Paris Agreement and a draft ofClimate Change Law in the coming time as well asthe specific actions to implement these policies), preparinglong term strategy for low carbon development and high resilience.

The two sides will coordinate indevelopingpilots, propagandizing and promotingthe adaptive development models to climate change, publicizingresearch results, organizing workshops, etc.

In the coming time, the two side will focus on: AFD’s supports for building a network of French and Vietnamese experts and researchers to carry out studies on damages caused by climate change, contributing to development of the Gemmes Program in Vietnam.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will chair and invite representatives of relevant ministries, branches and localities to support exchange activities among scientists, managers involved into the Program, in order to facilitate the data access and encourage dialogues on public policies that the model can address such as updating the Report of NDC under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2019, adaptation strategies of localities, criteria for prioritization of investment projects to respond to climate change, etc.

The two sides will jointly cooperate on propaganda and dissemination to the public as well as support themselves before national and international institutions.

The monitoring of this MOU implementationwill be carried out by a working group chaired by MONREand with the participation of the AFD Office in Hanoi and representative of the French Embassy in Vietnam.

The evaluation of the results of this MOU focuses on issues such as: Building a Gemmes Vietnam macroeconomic model; carrying out studies on damages caused by climate change in Vietnam; contributing to the drafting process of the Vietnam Climate Change Law; contributing to the process of reviewing and updating Vietnam's NDC Report, especially the adaptation content; disseminating results through conferences and seminars.

Attending the meeting between General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and representatives of the French employers' association, Minister Tran Hong Haanswers questions from the representatives on issues related to water resources, environment and climate change.

Tang The Cuong