MONRE and WEF promote cooperation against plastic waste and develop circular economy

Minister Tran Hong Ha received and worked with Mr. Joo-Ok Lee, Regional Director for Asia – Pacific, Member of the WEF  Executive Board.

At the meeting, Mr. Joo-Ok Lee said he was very impressed with the results of the Vietnamese Government in general and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in particular on actions to respond to climate change and reduce plastic waste and circular economy development strategy. Mr. Joo-Ok Lee also acknowledged the support of Minister Tran Hong Ha recently, especially in the field of plastic waste and circular economy through the activities of the National Action Program on plastic waste (NPAP) has achieved certain results.

The working session

Mr. Joo-Ok Lee said that in 2022, WEF will organize major conferences, these events will attract the participation of leading political, business, research-academic leaders… to shape regional and global agendas. He hoped that Viet Nam would attend and share cooperation models and initiatives on reducing plastic waste, developing circular economy, etc.

Replying to Mr. Joo-Ok Lee, Minister Tran Hong Ha acknowledged WEF’s support and cooperation for Viet Nam in general and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in particular. In the coming time, in addition to cooperation activities with policies and commitments, the Minister wants the WEF to promote its role in promoting developed countries’ willingness to share financial resources, science and technology, experience… for developing countries. This cooperation is fair, mutually beneficial and for the common goal of solving problems such as reducing emissions, becoming carbon neutral, reducing plastic waste, conserving biodiversity, developing circular economy…

For the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Minister proposed to implement a number of activities such as: Continue to promote cooperation to solve the problem of plastic waste, including marine plastic waste through supporting Viet Nam to implement the National action plan which is already approved; Coordinating to promote the circular economy is a solution to realize sustainable development and Viet Nam’s commitments at COP26, especially in developing support policies and programs for Vietnamese businesses to access, apply circular economy models…

Minister Tran Hong Ha believes that the cooperation between WEF and Viet Nam in general and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in particular will develop further and achieve desired results.

Khuong Trung

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Decision No. 450/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister: Approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050

On April 13, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050. In order to successfully carry out the assigned tasks, the time required In the past, the Institute of Strategy and Policy on natural resources and environment (ISPONRE) On October 30, 2020, Minister Tran Hong Ha submitted to the Prime Minister for approval the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050 in Report No. 54/TTr-BTNMT.

On November 23, 2020, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 9777/VPCP-NN to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on continuing to review the draft Strategy to ensure ensure compliance with the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and Documents after the end of the 13th Party Congress; at the same time, working with ministries and branches also have different opinions on the targets of the Strategy. Following the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, ISPONRE reviewed the views, goals, tasks and solutions, worked with a number of ministries and branches and completed the Draft Strategy.

On April 29, 2021, Minister Tran Hong Ha signed and promulgated Official Letter No. 2007/BTNMT-VCLCS to the Prime Minister on reviewing and finalizing the Draft Strategy.

On July 27, 2021, Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan signed and promulgated Official Letter No. 4204/BTNMT-VCLC to the Government Office on receiving comments from Ministries and sectors on the Draft National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050.

On September 16, 2021, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 6553/VPCP-NN to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on continuing to review the Draft National Environmental Protection Strategy to 2030, with a vision to 2050. Accordingly, the Institute has reviewed, supplemented and updated the content of the Draft Strategy to ensure consistency with the Decree guiding the implementation of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020, a number of newly issued documents and commitments of Viet Nam at COP26.

On April 13, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050. approved strategy with the view that environment is the conditions, foundations and prerequisites for sustainable socio-economic development, so economic development must be in harmony with nature, respect natural laws, and do not trade off the environment for economic growth. Environmental protection is the responsibility of the whole political system and society as a whole, in which local authorities, businesses, communities and people play an important role. Protecting the environment must take the protection of people’s health as a top goal. Prioritize proactively preventing and controlling pollution, focusing on solving key and urgent environmental issues; overcoming pollution, degradation, improving environmental quality, combined with nature conservation and biodiversity, contributing to climate change response.

The objective of the Strategy is to prevent the trend of increasing pollution and environmental degradation by 2030, solve urgent environmental problems, and gradually improve and restore environmental quality; prevent biodiversity loss. Improve capacity to proactively respond to climate change; ensuring environmental security, building and developing models of circular economy, green economy, low carbon, striving to achieve the country’s sustainable development goals.

The National Environmental Protection Strategy defines a vision that by 2050, Viet Nam’s environment will be of good quality, ensuring the people’s right to live in a clean and safe environment; biodiversity is preserved, conserved, and ecological balance is ensured; proactively respond to climate change; A society in harmony with nature, a circular economy, a green and low-carbon economy is formed and developed, towards the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Strategic tasks set out:

– Actively prevent, control and prevent adverse impacts on the environment and environmental incidents.

– Solve key and urgent environmental issues; overcome environmental pollution and degradation; maintain and improve the quality and hygiene of the environment.

– Conserve nature and biodiversity, promote environmental protection in the exploitation and use of resources.

– Actively protect the environment to contribute to improving capacity to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To carry out the above tasks, first of all, it is necessary to renew the thinking of all levels and branches; raising awareness and awareness of environmental protection of businesses, communities and people. Continue to improve the system of policies and laws on environmental protection in line with market economic institutions, improve the organizational structure, and speed up the reform of administrative procedures in environmental protection. Besides, it is necessary to strongly apply science and technology, promote innovation and digital transformation; building technical infrastructure, monitoring network and environmental database, and at the same time promoting international cooperation on environmental protection in the context of deep integration of the economy.

For details of the Decision, please see here.has presided over and coordinated with relevant units to research and develop a draft national strategy for environmental protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050. .

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