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UNDP will assist Việt Nam in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050: Administrator

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính with United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner in New York on May 16. — VNA/ Photo Dương Giang

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has asked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s help in achieving carbon emission neutrality by 2050.

He was speaking during a meeting with Administrator Achim Steiner in New York on May 16 (local time) as part of his working trip to the US.

PM Chính said he highly valued the important role, strategic direction and current leadership of UNDP in promoting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

He thanked the UNDP for the consistent support for Việt Nam in reconstruction, nation building and socio-economic development processes over the past 50 years.

PM Chính welcomed and highly appreciated the UN-Energy Plan of Action which Achim Steiner personally served as Co-Chair, with the aim of supporting countries in equitable energy transition, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and strengthening of climate change response.

Việt Nam has adopted the Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2021-30 and is currently implementing the Socio-Economic Development Plan 2021-25 to realise the goal of becoming a developed country with modern industry and upper middle-income status; and becoming a developed, high-income country by 2045, he noted.

These are huge ambitious visions that require a lot of effort, while on the other hand, the country is facing many challenges when the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing inequality and exacerbating many existing problems, according to the Prime Minister.

The Vietnamese Government leader welcomed the cooperation between Việt Nam and UNDP in recent times, especially in the area of green and sustainable development and climate change response, and said he would direct agencies to closely coordinate with UNDP in technical assistance and policy consultation for areas of interest like transition into carbon neutral, green economy, and post-pandemic recovery.

With Việt Nam’s recent commitment at the UN COP 26 towards carbon neutrality by 2050 which requires a huge investment to the tune of US$350-400 billion, PM Chính asked UNDP to continue to provide technical assistance to help achieve energy transition partnerships with G7 countries and help Việt Nam with development of strategy to mobilise climate finance from partners.

The UNDP official congratulated Việt Nam on the great achievements in recent years thanks to the right guidelines and policies, saying that Việt Nam was a model in socio-economic development and implementation of the SDGs, contributing valuable practical experience to the UN and the international community.

He was especially impressed by Việt Nam’s flexible response in the fight against COVID-19, directions and strong commitments in green recovery, climate change response, and the breakthroughs by the country in institutions, human resources, infrastructure, and digital economy.

Achim Steiner affirmed that UNDP was proud to cooperate with Việt Nam and was always ready to support, advise on policies, and mobilise resources for the new development phase of Việt Nam, especially in the creation of policies and strategies for socio-economic development towards green economy, sustainability, and inclusiveness; attracting investment, financial, and green technology resources to Việt Nam to assist in improving the capacity to respond to climate change, and promote an equitable energy transition, and to help with handling unexploded ordnances.

He also hoped that Việt Nam would be an Asia-Pacific model for countries in need of investment, energy conversion, biodiversity, and environmental protection. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1192376/undp-will-assist-viet-nam-in-achieving-carbon-neutrality-by-2050-administrator.html

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Vietnam’s top legislator Vuong Dinh Hue starts visit to New Zealand

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Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Auckland City, New Zealand on Wednesday, commencing his five-day official visit to the country.

Welcoming the Vietnamese NA leader at Auckland International Airport were Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Van Trung as well as representatives of the New Zealand government and the Auckland administration, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit will last until Wednesday at the invitation of Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Adrian Rurawhe, marking the first official visit by Hue to New Zealand as Vietnam’s top legislator.

This is also the first visit of a senior Vietnamese leader to New Zealand since the two countries fully reopened after putting COVID-19 under control.

During his stay in New Zealand, Chairman Hue will hold talks with New Zealand Parliament Speaker Adrian Rurawhe and meet with other senior leaders of the host country.

He will have meetings with a number of representatives of New Zealand enterprises in Auckland on Sunday morning.

As part of his trip, the Vietnamese legislator will visit the Vietnamese Embassy in Wellington, attend educational and economic cooperation forums, and meet with representatives of the Vietnamese community, among other activities.

Talking to the press ahead of the visit, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson said New Zealand was looking forward to Hue’s visit, which would open up opportunities for further promotion of cooperation between the two legislative bodies, as well as the two countries in general, especially in sustainable economic development.

Chairman Hue’s visit follows a four-day visit to Vietnam by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, starting on November 14, during which Ardern and many Vietnamese leaders, including the NA chairman, discussed steps to promote the bilateral strategic partnership that was established in July 2020.

Currently, New Zealand is a strategic partner of Vietnam in the South Pacific region, with cooperation between the two countries having developed vigorously and effectively in all fields.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exchange of delegations between the two legislatures was interrupted in the 2021-22 period, but high-level contacts were maintained and bilateral cooperation mechanisms were conducted both online and in person.

The 15th Vietnamese NA has established the 10-member Vietnam – New Zealand Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and continued maintaining information exchange with the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi.

Both countries are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

New Zealand is now the 36th-largest trading partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade continuing to grow despite the impacts of the pandemic.  

Last year, bilateral trade reached US$1.3 billion, up 26.7 percent from 2020, and the figure for the first nine months of this year amounted to $1.1 billion, up 13.6 percent year on year.

As one of the countries providing stable ODA sources to Vietnam, New Zealand has approved an ODA fund worth NZD26.7 million ($17.1) for the Southeast Asian country in 2021-24, equivalent to the amount in the 2018-21 period.

New Zealand has also supplied 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and NZD2 million ($1.28 million) in post-pandemic relief aid to Vietnam.

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Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Auckland City, New Zealand on Wednesday, commencing his five-day official visit to the country.

Welcoming the Vietnamese NA leader at Auckland International Airport were Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Van Trung as well as representatives of the New Zealand government and the Auckland administration, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit will last until Wednesday at the invitation of Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Adrian Rurawhe, marking the first official visit by Hue to New Zealand as Vietnam’s top legislator.

This is also the first visit of a senior Vietnamese leader to New Zealand since the two countries fully reopened after putting COVID-19 under control.

During his stay in New Zealand, Chairman Hue will hold talks with New Zealand Parliament Speaker Adrian Rurawhe and meet with other senior leaders of the host country.

He will have meetings with a number of representatives of New Zealand enterprises in Auckland on Sunday morning.

As part of his trip, the Vietnamese legislator will visit the Vietnamese Embassy in Wellington, attend educational and economic cooperation forums, and meet with representatives of the Vietnamese community, among other activities.

Talking to the press ahead of the visit, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson said New Zealand was looking forward to Hue’s visit, which would open up opportunities for further promotion of cooperation between the two legislative bodies, as well as the two countries in general, especially in sustainable economic development.

Chairman Hue’s visit follows a four-day visit to Vietnam by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, starting on November 14, during which Ardern and many Vietnamese leaders, including the NA chairman, discussed steps to promote the bilateral strategic partnership that was established in July 2020.

Currently, New Zealand is a strategic partner of Vietnam in the South Pacific region, with cooperation between the two countries having developed vigorously and effectively in all fields.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exchange of delegations between the two legislatures was interrupted in the 2021-22 period, but high-level contacts were maintained and bilateral cooperation mechanisms were conducted both online and in person.

The 15th Vietnamese NA has established the 10-member Vietnam – New Zealand Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and continued maintaining information exchange with the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi.

Both countries are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

New Zealand is now the 36th-largest trading partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade continuing to grow despite the impacts of the pandemic.  

Last year, bilateral trade reached US$1.3 billion, up 26.7 percent from 2020, and the figure for the first nine months of this year amounted to $1.1 billion, up 13.6 percent year on year.

As one of the countries providing stable ODA sources to Vietnam, New Zealand has approved an ODA fund worth NZD26.7 million ($17.1) for the Southeast Asian country in 2021-24, equivalent to the amount in the 2018-21 period.

New Zealand has also supplied 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and NZD2 million ($1.28 million) in post-pandemic relief aid to Vietnam.

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Vietnam president leaves Hanoi for state visit to S.Korea

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on Sunday morning for a state visit to South Korea at the invitation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

During his visit to South Korea from Sunday to Tuesday, President Phuc will hold talks with President Yoon and meet Prime Minister Han Duck Soo and Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin Pyo.

He will also have meetings with major Korean business leaders and overseas Vietnamese, as well as attend the opening of the Vietnam Day program in South Korea.

The visit takes place in the context that the two countries are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations, with the strategic cooperative partnership developing positively and effectively.

The state leader will be accompanied by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, and Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan, among other high-ranking officials.

President Phuc is the first senior foreign leader to pay a state visit to South Korea since President Yoon took office, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam and South Korea established their diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992.

In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on their comprehensive partnership on the occasion of Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong’s visit to South Korea.

In October 2009, the bilateral ties were upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership during the Vietnam visit by President Lee Myung-bak.

As of September, South Korea remained the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam with US$80.52 billion, accounting for 18.6 percent of the total investment in the Southeast Asian country.

The East Asian nation was also the third-biggest trade partner of Vietnam with two-way trade reaching $66.65 billion in 2019, $65 billion in 2020, and $78 billion in 2021.

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on Sunday morning for a state visit to South Korea at the invitation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

During his visit to South Korea from Sunday to Tuesday, President Phuc will hold talks with President Yoon and meet Prime Minister Han Duck Soo and Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin Pyo.

He will also have meetings with major Korean business leaders and overseas Vietnamese, as well as attend the opening of the Vietnam Day program in South Korea.

The visit takes place in the context that the two countries are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations, with the strategic cooperative partnership developing positively and effectively.

The state leader will be accompanied by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, and Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan, among other high-ranking officials.

President Phuc is the first senior foreign leader to pay a state visit to South Korea since President Yoon took office, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam and South Korea established their diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992.

In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on their comprehensive partnership on the occasion of Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong’s visit to South Korea.

In October 2009, the bilateral ties were upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership during the Vietnam visit by President Lee Myung-bak.

As of September, South Korea remained the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam with US$80.52 billion, accounting for 18.6 percent of the total investment in the Southeast Asian country.

The East Asian nation was also the third-biggest trade partner of Vietnam with two-way trade reaching $66.65 billion in 2019, $65 billion in 2020, and $78 billion in 2021.

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Vietnam offers condolences over death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

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Vietnamese Party and State leaders have sent condolences to the government and people of China on the death of former President of China Jiang Zemin, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday sent condolence messages to Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu, and Jiang’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

Jiang, who was also former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai on Wednesday, at 96, the Xinhua news agency reported. 

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Chinese Communist Party and State, who has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause and construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

He also made significant contributions to the normalization and promotion of the development of Vietnam-China relations.

The Vietnamese Communist Party, State and people always appreciate and remember the great contributions of Jiang Zemin to the ties between the two Parties and countries, the messages read. 

The Vietnamese leaders sent wreaths to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi in commemoration of his death, and a high-ranking delegation led by President Phuc visited the embassy and wrote in the condolence book.

The same day, head of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also sent condolences to head of China’s Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao and Politburo member, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Jiang Zemin served as Chinese Communist Party General Secretary for 13 years (1989-2002) and as President of China for 10 years (1993-2003).

He also served as chairman of the Central Military Commission in the 1989-2004 period.

In November 1994, Jiang visited Vietnam and nearly three years later, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi visited China, fostering the friendly relationship between the two nations.

Within 10 years after the normalization of bilateral relations, the two countries signed six joint statements to expand and consolidate the bilateral ties.

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Vietnamese Party and State leaders have sent condolences to the government and people of China on the death of former President of China Jiang Zemin, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday sent condolence messages to Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu, and Jiang’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

Jiang, who was also former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai on Wednesday, at 96, the Xinhua news agency reported. 

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Chinese Communist Party and State, who has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause and construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

He also made significant contributions to the normalization and promotion of the development of Vietnam-China relations.

The Vietnamese Communist Party, State and people always appreciate and remember the great contributions of Jiang Zemin to the ties between the two Parties and countries, the messages read. 

The Vietnamese leaders sent wreaths to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi in commemoration of his death, and a high-ranking delegation led by President Phuc visited the embassy and wrote in the condolence book.

The same day, head of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also sent condolences to head of China’s Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao and Politburo member, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Jiang Zemin served as Chinese Communist Party General Secretary for 13 years (1989-2002) and as President of China for 10 years (1993-2003).

He also served as chairman of the Central Military Commission in the 1989-2004 period.

In November 1994, Jiang visited Vietnam and nearly three years later, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi visited China, fostering the friendly relationship between the two nations.

Within 10 years after the normalization of bilateral relations, the two countries signed six joint statements to expand and consolidate the bilateral ties.

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