|Louise Chamberlain, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country director in Việt Nam|
Green economy is the new watchword for many countries as they eye sustainable development. In Việt Nam, the Government encourages all sectors to aspire for green growth. In 2012 the Việt Nam National Green Growth Strategy was formulated, and has been embraced by all sectors in around 40 provinces and cities. Việt Nam News speaks to Louise Chamberlain, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country director in Việt Nam, about the country’s green growth.
Can you tell us about the green economy and green growth concepts adopted by many countries? Why are they important?
Green economy and green growth have emerged as a solution to balance environmental sustainability and socio-economic development goals.The global agenda was set at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable development in 2012, also known as Rio+20, on the importance of building a “green economy to achieve sustainable development”, where member states followed up on the initial commitment of two decades earlier to sustainable development. These goals were later embraced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 – altogether, seven out of 17 goals relate to climate change and environmental sustainability, showing their global importance.