In the light of rapid economic growth, Vietnam faces new challenges related to sustainable development and climate change. In May 2017, Vietnam launched the National Action Plan to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, Vietnam ratified the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2016 and submitted its National Determined Contributions (NDC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to pursue adaptation efforts.
Although this is a welcome development, the connections and potential synergies between those two ambitious agendas remain widely unknown. To fill this research gap, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Vietnam and the Vietnam Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) are organizing an international conference and a capacity building workshop “Connection between Implementation of Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals” on May 23rd – 24th 2018 in Hanoi.
The aim of this joint project is to explore the connections and synergies with the SDGs that can be found in the Vietnamese NDCs and, based on that, enable a participatory and consistent implementation process.
The conference as well as the workshop will be lead by experts from the German Development Institute (GDI/DIE) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), who significantly contributed to the development of the NDC-SDG toolkit. The toolkit, recently announced as a finalist of the United Nations SDG Action Awards, analyzes and compares how climate actions formulated in the NDCs correspond to each of the SDGs, hence identifying entry points for coherent policies.
With more than 100 representatives from governmental agencies, media, research institutes and NGOs, the conference will strongly increase the progress and the efficiency of the NDC and SDGs implementation by creating a forum that facilitates a direct exchange between civil organizations, national decision-makers and international experts. The subsequent experts’ workshop on the SDG-NDC toolkit will subsequently provide the participants with the know-how and the instrument to assess and leverage the specific synergies for jointly promoting a just, sustainable and climate-smart development. ###
For more information on the work by FES on climate change in Asia, contact Yvonne Blos, Regional Coordinator for Climate Change in Asia at FES Vietnam Office, a regional hub that supports actors across Asia to set up, implement and scale up their efforts in the field of climate change, energy, and environment.
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