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Viet Nam to host E Asian Seas congress

Update: November, 12/2015 - 08:06
A view of Da Nang City. — Photo zing.vn

DA NANG (VNS) — Viet Nam will host the Fifth East Asian Seas Congress in the central city of Da Nang from November 16 to 21 with the theme "Global targets, local benefits – Setting the sustainable development agenda for the seas of East Asia beyond".

The news was announced yesterday at a monthly meeting of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The congress is expected to attract 700 domestic and international representatives.

The East Asian Seas Congress is held by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), of which Viet Nam is a member.

The congress aims to set up a forum for concerned organisations to meet, exchange information, update renewal policies and share their experience, innovation and achievements related to the sustainable development of the East Asian Seas.

It will also define target activities for the PEMSEA after this year.

Chu Pham Ngoc Hien, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said that the maritime economy had made great contributions to the country's development.

However, like many other countries, Viet Nam's seas faced risks such as pollution, declining ecosystem and aquatic resources and climate change, he said.

By inserting sea and island management into policies and strategies, Viet Nam had successfully implemented the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia, said Hien.

Vo Sy Tuan, deputy director of the Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Island under the ministry, said that through the congress, Viet Nam would confirm its efforts, together with other countries in the Asia, to build and keep the East Seas a peaceful area.

Members of the PEMSEA would ensure international laws and sustainable development based on the norms of a green economy and green growth, said Tuan.

The East Asian Seas Congress was organised for the first time in 2003 and since then has been held every three years. During the fifth congress, conferences, forums, exhibitions and training conferences about the seas and islands will be held. — VNS

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