Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the government leaders of the UK, Germany, and Croatia in Glasgow on November 1 evening (London time) on the sidelines of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
Meeting with the UN Secretary-General, PM Chinh stressed that Viet Nam highly values the UN’s central role and hopes to enhance comprehensive cooperation with the body.
Guterres applauded the country’s participation in international affairs, including climate change response and engagement in the UN peacekeeping force, as well as its responsible performance as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during 2020 – 2021.
Talking about considerable climate change impacts on Viet Nam, PM Chinh reaffirmed the country’s strong commitment to the fight against climate change.
The UN Secretary-General spoke highly of Viet Nam’s commitment at COP26 to achieving net-zero emissions, which is a meaningful contribution to the world’s common efforts to cope with the climate crisis. He expressed the readiness to assist the country during the transition to a green and circular economy and renewable energy development and to help Viet Nam and other countries along the Mekong River to deal with land erosion and saltwater intrusion, among others.
Also on late November 1, the Vietnamese leader met with British PM Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic.
The leaders expressed their delight at Viet Nam’s bilateral cooperation with the European countries, whose leaders spoke highly of PM Chinh’s speech at the COP26 and described Viet Nam as a good example for the international community.
They pledged to continue assistance for Viet Nam and other countries in the Mekong River basin to handle land erosion, saltwater intrusion, and other issues to ensure food security and sustainable development. They said Viet Nam’s commitments have helped strengthen investors’ trust, and that they are ready to help the country during the transition to a green and circular economy and renewable energy development.
The leaders of the UK, Germany, and Croatia added they are willing to keep supporting Viet Nam with vaccines and medical supplies in the time ahead.
On this occasion, PM Chinh offered sincere thanks to the British, German, and Croatian governments for providing Viet Nam with vaccines.