Posted on 11 December 2019
The Director General of WWF International - Marco Lambertini and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam - Tran Hong Ha had a momentous meeting yesterday, 10th December, 2019. During a one hour meeting the two leaders took the opportunity to strengthen the partnership between WWF and the highest government agency that in charge of conservation issues in Viet Nam.
While the countries’ leaders are discussing important issues on climate change in COP25 taking place in Madrid, the Director General of WWF International - Marco Lambertini and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam - Dr. Tran Hong Ha had a momentous meeting yesterday, 10th December, 2019. During a one hour meeting the two leaders took the opportunity to strengthen the partnership between WWF and the highest government agency that in charge of conservation issues in Viet Nam.
On 7th of November, WWF signed an MOU with MONRE to officially recognise the collaborative multi-stakeholder initiative on a New Deal for Nature and People, in which WWF is calling for strong commitments by Heads of State in 2020 to strengthen global targets and mechanisms that will reverse the loss of nature by 2030. This MOU will provide a framework of cooperation, within which MONRE and WWF-Viet Nam will collaborate in the fields of environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, climate change adaptation and mitigation, circular economy, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as well as water resources management, to make significant contributions toward the improvement of the natural environment and sustainable development in Viet Nam.
The Director General of WWF also expressed immense gratitude to the Minister for influencing and advocating the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his public declaration to support a New Deal for Nature and People during the UNGA meeting this past September.
The two leaders also talked about how Viet Nam could become the chair country for ASEAN in 2020 next year to call for a global treaty on Plastic Pollution and a ban for illegal wildlife trade (rhino horn, ivory, tiger, pangolin, etc.) both of which are top concerns for Viet Nam’s environment; and how Viet Nam could support the 2020 Super Year for Nature when key international treaties an agreements are revised such as UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
For more than 25 years, there has been notable collaboration between WWF and Viet Nam’s Heads of State committing to conservation action points, from biodiversity, climate change and energy initiatives, to protection of wildlife species, developing sustainable forest management, and maintaining sustainable food production in Viet Nam. Growth in collaboration has extended into raising Viet Nam’s capacity in developing nature-based solutions and management with priority given to protecting biodiversity and boosting livelihoods, and concentrated efforts to effectively tackle the scourge of plastic waste in this country and globally. Both WWF and the Minister are looking forward to continue working closely together for years to come.