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The 4th National Conference on Environment Enhancing state management on environmental protection during 2016 – 2020


   The 4th National Environment Conference was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). On September 29 - 30, 2015, at the National Convention Centre. The Conference was attended by more than 2,000 participants, leadership representatives of Party’s committees, National Assembly’s agencies, Government Office, Ministries, sectors, central socio-political organisations; leadership representatives of Provincial Party’s Committees, Provincial People’s Committees, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Environmental Protection Sub-department, Industrial zone management board of 63 provinces; representatives of universities, institutes, research centres and experts in the environment field; some domestic and foreign enterprises, international organisations in Việt Nam; national and local mass media… Particularly, the Conference had the honour to welcome to participation and welcome speech by Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng.

Plenary session of the 4th National Environment Conference

   At the plenary session of the Conference, synthesis report on environmental protection during 2011 - 2015 and orientation during 2016 - 2020 by MONRE and other reports by departments of Party’s and State’s agencies were presented including: Leadership role of different party’s committee levels in environmental protection by the Central Committee for Propaganda and Education; Monitoring role of the National Assembly and People’s Council at all levels for environmental protection by the National Assembly’s Science, Technology and Environment Committee; Role and responsibility of enterprise community for environmental protection by the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Việt Nam with the global environmental issue and international support for environmental protection in Việt Nam by the World Bank Office in Việt Nam; Program on citizen participation in environmental protection and social critics on environment by the Central Việt Nam Fatherland Front; Orientations on green growth and sustainable development in Việt Nam by the Ministry of Planning and Investment; Environmental protection experience in some typical provinces such as Hà Nội, Hồ Chí Minh City, Đà Nẵng …

   The Conference also presented recommendation reports from the outcomes of the State Management on Environmental Protection Workshop and Science and Technology on Environmental Protection Workshop organized on September 29, 2015.

  After 2 days of active working, the Conference discussed and proposed many important and practical recommendations for environmental protection of the country in the context of new situation and agreed to endorse the joint statement of the Conference. The Conference assessed the outcomes of environmental protection in the last 5 years and forthrightly outlined weakness and limitations, from which to identify orientations and focal solutions for environmental protection in 5 years during 2016 - 2020 towards sustainable development, at the same time to propose some recommendations and suggestions to the Party, National Assembly, Government, Việt Nam Fatherland Front, Ministry, sectors and localities. The joint statement is the synthesized outcome of intellectuals, passion, responsibilities of many experts, scientists, managers, enterprises, socio-political organisations and communities for environmental protection issues in the upcoming time. MONRE will report to the Prime Minister to instruct ministries and sectors to specify the annual environmental protection plan.

   In the closing remark at the Conference, Minister Nguyễn Minh Quang, in order to make the environment to be 1 of 3 pillars of sustainable development, requests ministries, sectors, provincial people’s committees to comply with and implement seriously instructive opinions of Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng as well as recommendations and suggestions of the Conference endorsed in the joint statement, of which focusing on some important tasks: rapidly developing, promulgating all guiding documents of the Law on Environmental Protection 2014, ensuring provisions of the Law to be seriously and effectively implemented in reality, assessing the implementation of the Biodiversity Law 2008, counselling to the Government to report to the National Assembly for comprehensive revision of this Law as well as revision of some other relevant laws to ensure consistency and unification in biodiversity conversation; enhancing capacities on state management on environmental protection for the natural resources and environment sector, particularly at provincial, district and communal levels; enhancing coordination and unified state management on environment nationwide by environmental state management agencies; prioritizing resource allocation by ministries, sectors and localities for environmental protection to be appropriate with economic growth; studying mechanisms and policies to promote the socialization of environmental protection; enhancing supervision and inspection on environmental protection, particularly of serious environmental polluters; strictly handling violation behaviours, creating deterrence against facilities to change awareness and responsibilities for environmental protection; continuing to promote propaganda and education to a high new level using different methods in order to increase awareness and responsibilities of local people, enterprises, managers and the society on environmental protection, overcoming and eliminating viewpoints favouring short-term growth and neglecting environmental protection and maintenance.

   Within a series of activities of the 4th National Environment Conference, there were other important events: State management workshop on environmental protection; Science and technology workshop on environmental protection; Commendation ceremony on advance typical models on environmental protection during 2011 - 2015; International exhibition on environment; Cooperation agreement signing “for a green Việt Nam environment”…

   The 4th National Environment Conference once again reflected the joint voice of all agencies, sectors, organisations and communities in commitment and unification in implementation of tasks and solutions on environmental protection in the upcoming time, aiming to achieve environmental targets that set the by the National Assembly in the next 5 years, contributing to effectively prevent environmental pollution escalation, natural resources degradation, improving living standards of citizens, boosting the country towards rapid and sustainable development■


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