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ASEM conference highlights climate change response

 Information on the upcoming Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) conference on climate change response toward sustainability is updated at a press conference held in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho on June 18.

The conference on June 18-20 in Can Tho city is jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the city’s People’s Committee.

According to Nguyen Minh Hang, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and head of the Vietnamese ASEM senior official meeting (SOM), the conference is an initiative of Vietnam which was approved at the 13th ASEM Ministerial Meeting last November in Myanmar and won support and sponsorship from many countries, including Australia, Denmark, Myanmar, Finland, the Netherlands and Italy.

The conference is one of the most important inter-regional events on climate change and the only one of ASEM 2018 hosted by Vietnam. It is also the first ASEM initiative in its third decade of cooperation on climate change response toward sustainability.

The event’s four plenary meetings focus on discussions on development in the context of climate change, building capacity to adapt to climate change, actions in response to climate change which feature the role of relevant parties, and shaping the future which promotes Asia-Europe climate partnership for sustainable development.

Vietnam is assessed as one of the countries hardest hit by climate change. Especially, the Mekong Delta region is one of the three deltas in the world most vulnerable to sea level rise, together with the Nile River Delta in Egypt and the Ganges River Delta in Bangladesh.

Vietnam joined the forum in 1996. The country organised the 5th ASEM Summit in 2004, and economic ministers’ meeting (2001), information-technology ministers’ meeting (2006), foreign and education ministers’ meetings (2009) and labour ministers’ meeting (2012).

In 2017, Vietnam carried out the Prime Minister’s initiative at the 11th ASEM Summit in Mongolia in July 2016 by hosting the ASEM conference on innovative education and human resources building for sustainable development in Hue city on March. The country chaired the 37th meeting of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Board of Governors.