With ratification of the Paris Agreement at the end of October 2016, Vietnam, like the other signatory states, is now obliged to implement its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) from 2020 onwards. Hence, under the direction of the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), which is responsible for coordinating implementation of the Paris Agreement, the NDC Task Force continues to work on reviewing and updating the NDC that was submitted in 2015. Two writing retreats took place in May and August, which focused in particular on aligning the NDC with the requirements of the Katowice rulebook. Towards this end, MONRE receives support both from the GIZ project “Support to Vietnam for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SIPA)” (for mitigation) and from UNDP (for adaptation).
Additionally, a draft National Adaptation Plan for the period 2021-2030 is about to be finalized and will be submitted to the Vietnamese Minister of the Environment soon before being sent to the Prime Minister for approval after a final round of comments. At the beginning of July, an extensive consultation workshop was held, calling in particular upon Vietnamese and international NGOs to share their practical expertise of working with the local provinces on the ground. The GIZ SIPA project mentioned above also supports the development of Vietnam’s National Adaptation Plan.
Building on preliminary considerations for harmonizing stakeholders’ NDC engagement in the context of the global NDC Partnership, a comprehensive concept for effective dialogue and coordination of national and vertical NDC implementation is currently under development. Under the leadership of MONRE and with technical support provided by a consortium funded by the EU Delegation in Vietnam, MONRE and MPI are working closely with key development partners, line ministries and selected provinces. A first draft is due by October 2019.