Viet Nam approved the Plan for active preparation for negotiating and formulating a global treaty on marine plastic pollution

The Prime Minister has just issued Decision No. 1407/QD-TTg dated August 16, 2021 approving the Project that Vietnam actively prepares and participates in the development of a Global Agreement on Ocean Plastic Pollution.

Accordingly, the specific objectives include: Thorough preparation of the capacity of the staff involved in the negotiation and synthesis of information, the establishment of domestic and international databases as a basis for the development of negotiating plans, allocating sufficient financial resources and means for the preparation of negotiations; Establish an effective coordination mechanism between relevant agencies and organizations at the central and local levels, effectively mobilize and use domestic and international resources, knowledge, technology and experience in throughout the process of preparing and participating in the formulation of the Agreement; Strengthen national roles and responsibilities to the region and the world in efforts to tackle ocean plastic pollution, actively contributing to the process of building the Agreement.

To achieve the above objectives, the Project proposes six main groups of tasks: Building negotiation preparation capacity; Collect information, set up database; Allocate financial resources and means for negotiation preparation; Establish a coordination mechanism; Mobilizing domestic and international support; Strengthen national roles and responsibilities.

The decision also states that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is assigned to assume the prime responsibility and coordinate with relevant agencies in organizing the implementation of the Scheme; develop a national report on ocean plastic waste as a basis for building our stance in the Agreement negotiation. Coordinate with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies to review, synthesize and evaluate domestic legal regulations and international agreements on waste management and ocean plastic waste to prepare for the future participation in the Agreement. Cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in organizing training courses on negotiation skills for relevant ministries and branches.

At the same time, carry out procedures for proposing negotiation and signing of the Global Agreement on Ocean Plastic Pollution after determining the name, authority and name of negotiation and signing, as well as basic contents. of the Agreement, in accordance with the Law on International Treaties and the Law on International Agreements.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in, mobilizing countries and international organizations to support our views and contents in which we have interests in the process of building the Agreement.

The Ministries: Agriculture and Rural Development, Transport, Industry and Trade, Planning and Investment, Public Security, National Defense, Information and Communication and relevant agencies and localities are responsible for appointing officials to participate in the implementation of the Scheme; provide information and data on the current status of plastic and plastic waste management in their respective fields.

At the same time, coordinate with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to develop a national report on ocean plastic waste; participate in commenting on contents to build the Agreement according to functions and tasks.

Source: Bich Lien, Communist Party of Vietnam Electronic Newspaper.

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