Vietnam said all development decisions must be nature-based and centered around people to ensure sustainable development in which no one would be left behind. Vietnam, a developing country, has stressed the importance of an all-people approach in coping with a global issue – climate change – and its roadmap to achieve a net-zero target by 2050 it has declared. Overview of the workshop in Hanoi on Dec 7 chaired by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha. Photo: Huong Giang/ UNDP The idea has been included in Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s speech at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, the UK, in early November, as part of efforts to promote the engagement of all people in Vietnam in realizing its commitment at the global event, according to Pham Van Tan, Deputy Head of Vietnam’s Climate Negotiation Delegation. It’s interesting that Vietnam has stipulated the role of its people in the common drive, … [Read more...] about People-centered approach: Vietnam’s weapon to realize COP26 commitment
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Asia was the first to experience the virus, the first to exit lockdown, and now has new spikes. Asia was the first place to experience the coronavirus, impose lockdowns and then emerge from them. It was also the first to experience new groups of infections, with clusters from nightclubs in Seoul, the Russia-China border, and elsewhere. Although it is early for conclusions, can lessons be learned? 1. Wave, spike or cluster - it's unavoidable Terms such as second wave, spikes or clusters of cases are bandied around, but what do they mean? Medically, a second wave refers to the resurgence of infection in a different part of a population after an initial decrease. The WHO says past pandemics have been characterised by "waves of activity spread over months". In Asia, we have been seeing isolated clusters and regional spikes in infection numbers. and it is hard to predict how they will develop. But for Jennifer Rohn, a cell biologist at University College, London, a second … [Read more...] about Coronavirus ‘second wave’: What lessons can we learn from Asia?
Medical workers amid the COVID-19 fight (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A webinar which reveals findings from the second round phone-based sociological survey entitled “Citizens' Opinions of and Experiences with Government Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic in Vietnam” was held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on December 7. Using the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) method, this intensive telephone survey was conducted in about one month, with the participation of 1,501 respondents randomly selected from the 2019 population sample of the Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI). UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen highlighted Vietnam's experience and success in curbing the spread of COVID-19 last year. Citizens showed great concern about their personal health (68 percent of the respondents) and their children’s education (76 percent). COVID-19 has had negative impact on employment … [Read more...] about Survey reflects public trust, confidence in Government’s responses to COVID-19
Rescuers inspect a house covered by volcanic ash from the Mount Semeru eruption (Photo: https://www.thenationalnews.com/) Jakarta (VNA) – Semeru volcano in Indonesia was active again on December 6 after two days a powerful eruption killed at least 22 people and left 27 missing, forcing rescue rs to suspend their search and rescue activities. Aerial images show streets covered with volcanic ash and mud. Rescuers have still tried to dig through layers of mud to find survivors and bodies but their work became more and more difficult when mud layers began to cool and dry. Local officials advised locals not to travel within 5km of the volcano’s crater, as the nearby air is highly polluted and could affect vulnerable groups. Ash from Semeru travelled up to 4km away after the eruption on December 4, Indonesia’s geological agency reported. The Indonesian Red Cross has mobilised ambulances, medical crews and other emergency services to affected areas. Semeru, more … [Read more...] about Indonesia: Semeru volcano erupts again, hindering rescue work