The Vietnamese government has once again reiterated the serious need for proper strategies in regard to climate disaster, with the Deputy Prime Minister abiding by Vietnam’s strategic tone in an address to the United Nations Security Council, alongside other representatives from both Europe and the United States.
With the calculated risks of climate change being potentially catastrophic for Vietnam, the address given by Pham Binh Minh stressed the evidenced impacts of environmental damage, including the increasingly precarious food security, water source issues that continue to be under restraint due to changes in global emissions.
However, unlike many other national sentiments, the need for a cohesive and well-studied strategy for climate change was stressed thoroughly by the Deputy Prime Minister whilst making it clear that international cooperation would be vital in not just tackling the climate crisis but also to creating a sustainable global environment in which peace and prosperity exist through proper understanding and analysis of key issues such as conflict, inequality and poverty.
With other participants taking part in sharing addresses that consistently addressed the need for mutual cooperation in tackling the climate crisis and similar factors that may have negative effects on international peace and security, the mutual sentiment remained that of developing long term, sustainable strategies that can tackle global issues in a comprehensive and long-lasting manner.
Some nations have reiterated that other mechanisms or strategies would be vital in resolving climate change, though the thorough goal of the UNSC is to focus primarily on traditional threats to international peace and security, of which climate change is an ever-growing factor. Vietnam’s cooperative and urgent stance mirrors that of many states in the UNSC, but it is clear that Vietnam is vehemently promoting the urgent need to address this issue as a priority in its non-permanent position in the UNSC for the 2020-2021 period