Green Hà Nội promoted on World Environment Day

June 03, 2024 - 17:13
Losses due to air pollution in Việt Nam top US$13 billion a year, equal to four per cent of the nation’s GDP
Participants at the programme 'Joining hands for a green Hà Nội with clean air' commemorating World Environment Day in Hà Nội on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Cúc

HÀ NỘI — 'Joining hands for clean air and a green Hà Nội' was the theme of a programme launched in the capital city on Monday in response to the World Environment Day (June 5).

The event, jointly held by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the municipal Women’s Union, brought together individuals, community-based organisations, government agencies and the UN to make a collective commitment to achieving clean air for Hà Nội.

DoNRE Deputy Director Nguyễn Minh Tân stressed the need to take a pragmatic stance, such as cutting down on plastic bag use, classifying and recycling waste, using renewable energy and raising public awareness of environmental protection.

According to UNDP Representative in Việt Nam Ramla Khalidi, socio-economic losses due to air pollution in Việt Nam top US$13 billion a year, equal to 4 per cent of the nation’s GDP. Recently, air quality has been a major concern with Hà Nội in the list of world's cities with worst air quality over a period of several days.

She said handling air pollution must receive the same level of attention as dealing with COVID-19, a public health emergency.

UNDP is working to improve air quality in Việt Nam in various sectors, including support for the country’s energy transition and its carbon neutral commitment by 2050, as well as development of green transportation and circular economy, she added.

This year, the World Environment Day 2024 focuses on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience, calling on countries across the globe to join hands to restore lands and build resilience, helping slow down the crisis of climate change and improve the livelihoods and food security for billions of people across the world.

In Hà Nội, the day offers an opportunity for schools, communities, enterprises, social organisations and State management agencies to push ahead activities for a green and clean Hà Nội, creating green economy for a future of sustainable development on the way to building a healthy and livable city. — VNS