Vietnam proposed carrying forward the role of parliaments in promoting the approach towards green development and growth to serve recovery post COVID-19, at national, regional and global levels, at the COP26 Parliamentary Meeting in Glasgow, the UK, on November 7.
Le Quang Huy, member of the National Assembly Standing Committee and head of the NA’s Committee for Science-Technology and Environment, led a Vietnamese delegation to the event.
The meeting, co-organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the British Group of the IPU, brought together about 200 parliamentarians from countries worldwide.
The Vietnamese delegation raised opinions at all three sessions of the meeting, covering the appeal to parliaments to take actions against climate change, finance for climate change response, and losses caused by climate change.
The meeting aimed to promote cooperation and open dialogue among international parliamentarians and inspire delegates to call on national governments to set ambitious plans to meet all the obligations of the Paris Agreement targets. Crucially, they include commitments to strengthening the response to the threat of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing concerted efforts to limit any temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Vietnamese delegation had meetings with heads of the RoK and UK delegations, during which they affirmed that the Vietnamese legislature backs initiatives of foreign parliaments to cope with climate change./.