President Vo Van Thuong receives US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry in San Fransisco
|President Vo Van Thuong and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in San Francisco on November 16, 2023. (Photo: WVR/Tuan Anh)
President Thuong hailed efforts by the two countries in realising the high-level agreements reached during the Vietnam visit by President Joe Biden, making the bilateral partnership more substantial and stable.
He welcomed the US to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam, especially in the fields that Kerry pays attention to such as climate change response and energy transition.
The Vietnamese President highly valued the efforts by President Biden and the special envoy in enhancing the awareness and actions to deal with climate change, affirming that Vietnam wants to foster collaboration with the US in this field in a way that suits Vietnam’s socio-economic conditions and meets the interest of people of the two countries.
Energy transition must ensure the principle of equality, he said, underlining that Vietnam has continued to implement overall and drastic measures to promote green growth and climate change mitigation, including the approval of the National Power Development Planning for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050, which aims to switch from the use of fossil fuels to renewable and new energy towards the net-zero emission target by 2050.
President Thuong also noted his hope that the US side will continue to create more favourable conditions for the implementation of projects to support energy transition and optimise the renewable energy potential in Vietnam, contributing to ensuring long-term energy security.
|Overview of the meeting between President Vo Van Thuong and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in San Francisco on November 16, 2023. (Photo: WVR/Tuan Anh)
For his part, Kerry affirmed that the US always values relations with Vietnam and supports the Southeast Asian country in playing an active and practical role in the region.
The US will continue to assist Vietnam in enhancing its capacity in climate change adaptation, pollution control and sustainable management of resources, while assisting the country in exploiting and using existing resources in an environmentally friendly manner at a reasonable cost in order to reduce the dependence on imported fuels, he pledged.
The US will also support Vietnam in improving its management capacity in the field of environment, he added.
The US official hailed Vietnam’s prompt action in consulting international partners to finalise the Resource Mobilisation Plan (RMP) for the implementation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in the next 3-5 years right after adopting the Political Declaration on establishing the JETP.
Special Envoy Kerry emphasised that the US is ready to conduct high-level cooperation with Vietnam to ensure that the 28th UN Climate Conference (COP28) will produce positive results.
He affirmed that as a longtime friend of Vietnam, he will continue to advocate support for resilience building for vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta.