|The UN initiative aims to make the voice of ordinary people concerning climate change and energy issues heard by policymakers.
HA NOI (VNS) — World Wide Views (WWViews), a global citizen consultation initiative, took place in Viet Nam and 80 other countries across the globe on Saturday.
The UN initiative aims to make the voice of ordinary people concerning climate change and energy issues heard by policymakers.
In turn, policymakers will engage in international negotiations about future environmental and other issues at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, held in Paris in December.
According to the WWViews's co-ordinators, the core of the method is to have citizens at multiple sites debate the same policy-related questions relating to a given issue on the same day.
The standard is to have 100 voters participating at each site, selected to reflect the demographic diversity in their country or region with regards to age, gender, occupation, education, geographical zone of residency, and membership of environmental organisations.
The event in Ha Noi was co-organised by the Danish Embassy in Viet Nam in collaboration with the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Vietnamese participants' opinions revolved around a range of subjects including the importance of dealing with global climate change, measures to address the issue, and Vietnamese citizen outlook on sustainable energies. — VNS