The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation jointly held a meeting in Hanoi on May 25 to mark the World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and launch the National No Tobacco Week (May 25-31).
|Sea water encroaches into areas of Hai Hau District within the northern province of Nam Dinh. Mitigating the impact of global warming has turned into a priority within the drive for sustainable development. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Truong|
The recently-launched Asia-Off-shore Human Development Report entitled One Planet to talk about highlights the urgent have to effectively cope with the trade-offs between economic growth and reducing pollutants "because there's no selecting one within the other".
The report, backed through the Not Development Programme (UNDP), states the Asia-Off-shore region should do what is not done before - still sustain growth, lift people from poverty, but achieve this with reduced green house gas pollutants.
It argues the region can solve the wealth-emission dilemma because its incomplete development agenda enables it to complete things in a different way.
Areas for changes, it indicates, include creating for future years, raising rural resilience, building eco-friendly metropolitan areas and marketing fair and balanced consumption.
Speaking in the starting from the report in Ha Noi yesterday, Deputy Country Director of UNDP Viet Nam Bakhodir Burhanov stated: "One factor which makes this report particularly distinguished may be the coverage of sustainable lifestyle and consumption – a place which is not covered extensively in worldwide researches."
He stated that sustainable consumption grew to become an progressively important problem because of increasing middle-earnings class through the Asia-Off-shore region, including Viet Nam.
Un Resident Co-ordinator Pratibha Mehta stated that in alignment using the report's recommendation, Viet Nam required to prioritise disaster minimization and opportunities in rural towns since the country was highly vulnerable to climate-caused problems, for example surges and storms.
"Repeated climate shocks reinforce inequalities and weaken human development. To be able to assist the poor to improve their resilience to global warming, much greater purchase of infrastructure, institutions and capabilities thus remains needed," she stated.
Aside from that, Viet Nam must do more to advertise energy efficiency and conservation.
Mehta stated the Not noted which more than 1 / 2 of all electricity in Viet Nam could be produced from imported coal by 2030, which may bring high pollution although global market prices were volatile.
She stated because the report recommended for nations within the Asia-Off-shore region, Viet Nam should progressively phase out undesirable subsidies on non-renewable fuels to provide method for renewable powers. "Such subsidies possess a considerable negative impact on the atmosphere and therefore are incompatible with sustainable development."
To be able to reduce heavy reliance upon non-renewable fuels, Viet Nam also required to reform energy prices, in addition to measures to safeguard low-earnings groups, Mehta added.