Vice Chairman of the National Assembly's Economic Committee Duong Quoc Anh (Photo: VNA)
– A Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) delegation led by Vice Chairman of the NA's Economic Committee Duong Quoc Anh attended a virtual
meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)’s Standing Committee on Sustainable
Development on May 18.
Held as part of the ongoing 142nd IPU Assembly, the meeting
highlighted a theme of mainstreaming digitalisation and the circular economy to
achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly responsible
consumption and production.
Speaking at the event, the Vietnamese delegation praised the
theme, which also reflects a resolution of the IPU. With 29 notes and 36 orientations, this is a comprehensive,
ambitious, but extremely necessary resolution, especially in the context of the
current COVID-19 pandemic.
To realise the document, IPU member parliaments need to
raise general public awareness of the resolution with communications activities
intensified firstly targeting their agencies, then the Government and the people,
said the delegation.
According to Vietnam’s speech presented at the meeting, education
plays an important role in equipping people with circular economy knowledge to put
it into practice and helps shape responsible consumption habits early on. At
the same time, the ability to use digital tools and skills, and the
readiness to implement digitalisation must also be considered one of the
basic contents of the educational programmes at all levels.
As the resolution points out, the IPU should strengthen
cooperation with its member parliaments who are members of other
organisations, including regional parliamentary ones, to collect evidence and
information on the circular economy, environment and digitisation in order to build a
guiding framework for further parliamentary actions.
The IPU should also actively create an official forum for
member parliaments to continue to learn from each other's practices and
experience as well as further increase the support from the parliaments of donor