Hanoi joins Talanoa Dialogue, shares strategies toward becoming a sustainable city

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) attended three key events tackling climate action planning in Hanoi as part of the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) project. These included the 1) Forum on Improving Planning for Climate Finance and Investments for Action at Local Level, 2) Urban and Subnational Climate Action: A Talanoa Dialogue both held 31 October and 3) Indicators for Monitoring the Implementation of 68 Tasks of the Plan for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement held 07 November.

UN-Habitat, in cooperation with Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), organized the first two events as part of the Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development in Africa and Southeast Asia (V-LED) project. Various stakeholders attended both activities including the German Embassy in Vietnam, non-government organizations (NGOs), and city officials from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho, and Thanh Hoa.

During the dialogue, cities shared their experience in developing and implementing plans to address climate change at the local level. Ms. Le Thanh Thuy from Hanoi City’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment Protection (DONRE) presented concrete strategies that the City is taking to ensure environmental sustainability.

She shared that Hanoi intends to plant one million trees by 2020 and is actively taking steps towards the total ban of honeycomb stoves as a means of improving the city’s air quality. Ms. Thuy also mentioned that Hanoi serves as the model city of Ambitious City Promises, an ICLEI-led project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) program. The project aims to assist selected large cities in Southeast Asia to make ambitious mitigation goals and achieve these through the active participation of citizens.

Meanwhile, the third event is organized by the NDC Partnership, a coalition of countries and institutions working to mobilize support and achieve ambitious climate goals while enhancing sustainable development.

The activity brought together representatives from ministries, NGOs, and academe to gather insights and inputs to the criteria set for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Vietnam. The 68 tasks were divided into five sections namely: mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, adaptation to climate change, preparation of resources, the establishment of a transparency system (measurement, reporting, and verification), and development and improvement of policies and institutions.

The workshop concluded with the participants’ agreement on the criteria’s contents. MONRE committed to streamline the content further, as well as to coordinate the implementation of the tasks across ministries. The NGOs and the academe present also expressed their full support towards the implementation of these tasks.

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