(TN&MT) – On November 8, on the sidelines of the COP 27 Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD) Rémy Rioux signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen bilateral cooperation on carbon emission reduction and energy transition in Vietnam. The signing ceremony took place under the witness of Ms. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French Secretary of State for Development.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD) Rémy Rioux signed the Memorandum of Understanding, witnessed by Ms. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French Secretary of State for Development

According to the MoU, over the next five years, MONRE and AFD will jointly develop a research program to contribute to public policy in priority areas of the Government of Vietnam.

The program includes 3 orientations. First, the two sides will apply the macroeconomic model built by the GEMMES Vietnam project and combine this model with an energy model to analyze the socio-economic consequences of the process. energy transition towards “zero” net emissions in Vietnam. The program also aims to improve knowledge and forecast about the impacts of climate change in Vietnam, especially on extreme climate events combined with pressures from human activities (at the level of climate change). local as well as regional) on the environment. Finally, increase knowledge about the social aspects of equitable energy transition.

AFD will also support MONRE in coordinating the implementation of emission reduction programs, aiming for a fair energy transition, contributing to the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Support the integrated management of water resources and the development of an integrated basin management model, in the context of enhancing climate change resilience, resilience and resilience in Vietnam. Support priority activities in the areas of: Land resource management, sustainable management and development of marine and island spaces, plastic waste management (including the development and implementation of key mechanisms book). In addition to the above priority areas, the two Parties may consider expanding cooperation to other fields agreed by the two Parties and suitable to their respective functions and tasks.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Tran Hong Ha shared: The low-carbon, circular economy development model is the current mainstream trend globally. Vietnam joins efforts with the international community to achieve a common climate goal. International cooperation is one of our main directions of action to implement the national climate change policy and Vietnam’s commitments to being carbon neutral. This cooperation agreement signing event contributes to improving the quality of the France-Vietnam strategic partnership and affirms the effectiveness of the long-term cooperation between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and AFD.

On behalf of the Government of Vietnam, Minister Tran Hong Ha thanked the Secretary of State for special attention to Vietnam, and Mr. Rémy Rioux for always promoting all cooperation activities in Vietnam. Currently, Vietnam is negotiating with the G7 Group of Developed Countries on the Mechanism of Strategic Energy Partnership (JETP). The partnership agreement will support the implementation of actions to achieve low carbon emissions and for an equitable energy transition, through research and technical exchange between the partners. grant.

General Director of the French Development Agency Rémy Rioux hands over to Minister Tran Hong Ha the final 2 reports of the AFD GEMMES Vietnam Research Project

State Secretary Zacharopoulou affirmed that the French Government fully supports all countries implementing climate actions and the greening transition. Through this cooperation agreement, the French side will share with Vietnam knowledge and experience and French models to help Vietnam navigate the transition process. The partnership with big goals demonstrates the shared commitment of both sides to combat climate change in Vietnam, as well as in Southeast Asia and globally.

These activities will be financed by a variety of other funds mobilized by AFD, such as the 2050 Fund and the WARM Fund (Water and Natural Resources Management Facility) funded by the European Union. aid.

Complementing the Memorandum of Understanding, AFD Director General Rémy Rioux also handed over to Minister Tran Hong Ha 2 final reports of the GEMMES Vietnam Research Project, including: “The impact of climate change at the national level and adaptation – final report” and “Mekong Delta Urgency Report – Climate and Environment Adaptation Strategy to 2050”.

The two reports were made by French and Vietnamese researchers, in collaboration with the Institute for Research for Development (IRD) and the Department of Climate Change (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment). In it, solid scientific arguments on integrating climate change adaptation into development strategies were presented, contributing to the public policy dialogue with the Government of Vietnam. The report also points out that the Government has placed climate change adaptation at the heart of Vietnam’s strategy.

“By handing over and publishing these research reports, France and AFD once again affirm their desire to support the Government of Vietnam in promoting climate change adaptation policies. These reports not only provide useful and practical information for future policy planning and equitable transition, but are also concrete evidence of the quality of the partnership. France – Vietnam” – Mr. Rémy Rioux emphasized.

According to TN&MT

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