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Japan continues to strongly support Việt Nam on environmental protection and responding to climate change


   This is one of the important issues highlighted in the Joint Declaration of the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership. This statement was given on the occasion of visit of Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc to Japan from 4 - 8 June 2017.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (VNA source)

   Accordingly, comprehending important role of Vietnam’s economic development with the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his desire to support Vietnam in sustainable economic development through cooperation for high-standard infrastructure development, energy, climate change adaptation and human resources training. The two sides expressed their glad and signed the ODA memorandum of understanding worth about 100.3 billion Yenin 2016 for 4 projects in Vietnam, including: Marine security and safety, Bến Tre water management, Drainage and wastewater treatment system in Biên Hòa City (Phase 1), Hòa Lạc Hi-tech infrastructure development (Phase 2); 3 non-refundable aid projects related to natural disaster prevention and human resources training; and ODA loan agreement for Hòa Lạc Hi-tech infrastructure development.

   The two leaders also expressed their glad on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the common credit mechanism on low carbon for 2016 - 2020 period; shared their intention to continue to cooperate closely on environment, responding to climate change, hydro-meteorology; researched and monitored marine resources, environment and marine biodiversity. The two sides also agreed to facilitate for waste management, including: waste to energy, development of legislation and regulations on waste management. Besides, Japan committed to support Vietnam in responding to climate change, droughts and saline intrusion, as well as in studying to determine basic and long-term solutions and use the ODA funding in this issue.

   The two sides agreed to strengthen the comprehensive cooperation on urban construction and development, especially ecological and smart urban areas, urban areas in association with high speed transportation (TOD) according to the model of Japan; investment cooperation in the field of urban upgrading and development; technology transfer on water treatment, wastewater and solid waste.

   The two leaders express happiness to see many achievements obtained in partnership and cooperation between Japan and the countries in the Mekong region on many fields such as politics, economics, cooperation, contributing to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region. The two leaders pledged to further promote the Mekong-Japan cooperation in the sectors of high-quality infrastructure, human resource development, response to climate change, and water resources management. The two leaders agreed to accelerate the implementation of the Japan-Mekong Connectivity Initiative and the Mekong Industrial Development Vision to promote the effective connectivity in the region. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of sustainable management and development of the Mekong River, highlighting the need for cooperation between the Mekong-Japan mechanism and regional and international organizations, especially the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

   The two leaders also emphasized the important role of the sustainable use of marine living resources, including marine mammals. Vietnam is considering and facilitating the necessary procedures for early entry into the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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