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Vietnam proposes initiative to deal with plastic waste at G20 Summit

The Vietnamese government’s leader proposed an initiative to set up a global network on sharing data on sea and oceans towards a global framework on preventing marine plastic waste.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 29 proposed an initiative to set up a global network on preventing plastic waste at a discussion on climate and environment within the framework of the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.

PM Phuc emphasized impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and energy insecurity on mankind, while urging countries to mobilize and allocate effectively resources and fully carry out commitments in the Paris Agreement on climate.
 
World's leaders at the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Photo: VGP
World's leaders at the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Photo: VGP
Vietnam has been strictly implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, Phuc affirmed.

He also called for increased support from the international community to nations that are vulnerable to climate change, including the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, with a view to coping with environmental changes.

Plastic waste discharged into the sea seriously degrades the marine ecosystem, the PM said while asking countries to join hands in building institutions and regulations on sea and oceans in order to control, reduce and prevent marine plastic waste.

Vietnam has been calling for the participation of the whole nation in combating plastic waste, striving for zero use of disposable plastics by 2025, the Vietnamese government’s leader stressed.

He proposed an initiative to set up a global network on sharing data on seas and oceans towards a global framework on preventing marine plastic waste.
 
As many as 13 million tons of plastic waste discharged into oceans are harming ecological system. Photo: Internet
As many as 13 million tons of plastic waste discharged into oceans are harming ecological system. Photo: Internet
In terms of sustainable development, leaders at the discussion underlined the need to step up cooperation to realize Agenda 2030 on sustainable development and help developing countries to meet sustainable development goals (SDG) on schedule, especially in poverty reduction, high-quality infrastructure, education, environment, healthcare and energy.

The leaders affirmed their commitment to developing human resources, promoting equal and inclusive education, enhancing development and application of science and technology in implementing SDG objectives. 

Earlier, in May 2019, Vietnamese media cited PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s letter urging joint action for a healthy, safe and sustainable living environment as well as dealing with plastic pollution. 

In the letter, Phuc said plastic waste is enough to cover four times the surface of the earth each year. As many as 13 million tons of plastic waste discharged into oceans are harming ecological system, human health and sustainability of each nation. 

Plastic waste is increasing in Vietnam, thus, the Vietnamese government is taking drastic measures to effectively control it, especially disposable plastic products and imperishable nylon bags, towards a circular and green growth economy. 

According to the Vietnamese government’s leader, dealing with plastic pollution is an urgent task requiring regular involvement of the entire society. 

He suggested changing plastic use habits; reducing, classifying, collecting, reusing and recycling plastic waste; using eco-friendlier products and promptly honoring good examples and models as measures to curb plastic pollution.