Publication of the Special Report: Vietnamese youth taking action for the climate

Web.HCYU.30/5/2021. On the morning of May 29, in Hanoi, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam, in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), organized the publication ceremony of the special report "Vietnamese youth taking action for the climate” and dialogue with the President of the 26th United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP26).

This is an activity within the framework of the "Youth4Climate" Initiative launched by UNDP Vietnam in 2020, to strengthen the capacity and awareness of young people about the implementation of the content of the 2015 NDC, updating the Government of Vietnam's 2020 NDC in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The special report was elaborately prepared with practical contents drawn from the actual activities of youth groups across Vietnam in response to climate change over the past time and widely consulted by young people across the country. This report is part of UNDP's "Climate Promise" program with funding from the Governments of Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the European Union and other UNDP donors.

According to the Report, the four biggest bottlenecks young people face in participating in climate change response work are limitations in skills, technology, techniques, cooperation with stakeholders and financial capacity. Thus, the Report proposes: building a Youth Climate Action Network to connect youth projects together; Create an e-portal for youth groups working in the climate sector or interested in climate change. The report also makes specific recommendations to policy makers on climate change; Youth Group; Local government; scientists; development and social organizations.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, Chief Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Viet Nam warned that if we do not have any impact or response to climate change, sea level will continue to rise by 1m;  extreme heat waves will occur more frequently, affecting vulnerable communities, especially those in coastal areas. This is the picture of reality and the future in Vietnam without climate action, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ramping up adaptation efforts.

Ms. Caitlin Wiesen-Antin emphasized, the Special Report is a very important milestone, demonstrating the active contribution of Vietnamese youth to efforts to respond to climate change. The report contributes to national and global climate action, and provides recommendations for stakeholders to access environmental protection technologies and financial resources; thereby addressing bottlenecks and barriers and developing a roadmap to promote climate actions by youth in the period of 2021-2025.

With a large force of 24 million/100 million of the population, Secretary of the HCYU Ngo Van Cuong emphasized that Vietnamese youth are a very important force in environmental protection and climate change response. He said that in recent years, the Youth Union has paid great attention to environmental protection activities and movements with many new, creative and effective ways, attracting a large number of young people to participate and create a good trend in the whole society, for example: For a green Vietnam responds to the Prime Minister's call to plant 01 billion new trees; "Tyre's second journey" recycles tires into playground for children... and recently the Youth Climate Innovation Contest.

Expressing his pleasure to attend the Publication Ceremony and Dialogue with Vietnamese youth, the Chairman of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP26) Alok Sharma said that the Report is voice from the hearts of young people. He emphasized that the future of Vietnam is in the hands of the young generation, so the voices of young people need to be heard clearly by the leaders. Emphasizing that the impact of climate change has no borders, the President of COP 26 called on countries, including Viet Nam, to join hands and act collectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change 

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