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Co-operation key for development

Update: January, 15/2016 - 09:56
Viet Nam and other developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are in need of a global co-operation mechanism for sustainable development, according to participants at a two-day conference held in Da Nang yesterday. — Photo vovworld.vn

DA NANG (VNS) — Viet Nam and other developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are in need of a global co-operation mechanism for sustainable development, according to participants at a two-day conference held in Da Nang yesterday.

Developing countries in the region could not cope with climate change and maintain their economic growth alone. Technology transfers and financial support from developed countries were imperative to developing countries in the fight against climate change.

The conference, part of the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Energy, Environment and Ecosystem (3E) Nexus for Sustainable Development, organised by Japan's Tokyo University, gathered 40 scientists, lawmakers and organisations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc said the event provided a good opportunity to increase sustainable development in the region.

Participants said challenges triggered by climate change could be seen as opportunities for a new green economy based on energy efficiency, low-carbon technology and environment-and-ecosystem protection.

3E Nexus is one of these efforts. The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) platform started it to enhance research collaboration on energy, the environment and ecosystems in order to create a sustainable future in targeted Asia-Pacific countries.

Created in 2005 by the Committee for Presidential Initiatives as the first interdisciplinary research project at the University of Tokyo, IR3S was a global pioneer in creating the field of sustainability science.

It is working toward building a global foundation for its studies. — VNS

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