Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held a reception in Hanoi on November 9 for the Netherlands’ former Minister of Agriculture, Professor Veer Man, who has just become an advisor to the government of Vietnam on implementing the national target programme to cope with climate change and sea level rise.Vietnam is one of the five nations which is expected to hardest hit by climate change and rising sea levels. The Vietnamese government considers a major challenge for sustainable development and approved a national target programme to cope with the issues.

Read more: Vietnam, Netherlands cooperate in coping with climate change and sea level rise


Experts in a press conference and meeting with deputy prime minister Hoang Trung Hai in Ha Noi said that Viet Nam would need to consider its power sector strategy to cope with climate change.

Yvo de Boer, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Dennis Tirpark, former coordinator of international climate change negotiations for the UN, said that the future construction of coal power plants would increase Viet Nam's greenhouse gas emission.

Mr De Boer said that "Gas emission would increase while the world is talking about a global commitment to 50% reduction.”

Coal remains a major source of energy in Viet Nam, accounting for more than 20% of all sources of power.

Read more: Vietnam power plan needed to tackle warming


By adopting certain fiscal policies for coping with climate change, Vietnam has been restructuring its economy on an environmentally friendly and sustainable basis.

This view was shared by Yvo De Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai in Hanoi on November 5.

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