The Government of Vietnam, together with other ASEAN governments, has issued a joint statement on Climate Change to COP25 under the framework of the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change. The ASEAN member states (ASM) reaffirm their commitment to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, with particular reference to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC), in light of different national circumstances. Specifically, they highlight their commitment in the following fields:
- Implementing measures to address climate change under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025, in alignment with the broader outcomes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and national development priorities;
- Promoting sustainable management of forests, including through the implementation of COP decisions on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD-Plus) under the guidance of the Warsaw Framework, as well as enhancing biodiversity conservation, protection, and restoration of various terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems;
- Achieving 21.9% reduction in energy intensity compared to 2005 levels, exceeding the 2020 target set by the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016 – 2025;
- Launching the ASEAN Regional Strategy on Sustainable Land Transport, the ASEAN Fuel Economy Roadmap for the Transport Sector 2018-2025: with a Focus on Light-Duty Vehicles, and the Guidelines for Sustainable Land Transport Indicators on Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in ASEAN;
- Strengthening ASEAN’s capacity in managing climate-related disasters though existing mechanisms under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER);
- Implementing the Phase 2 Plan of Action of the ASEAN Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (ADRFI) and establishing the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF) with a view to strengthening AMS’ financial resilience against climate and disaster risks by improving disaster risk assessment, financing, and insurance solutions;
- Promoting collaboration with ASEAN dialogue, sectoral dialogue, development partners, and other external parties to enhance climate action in the ASEAN region.