Green growth media training resonates with journalists in Vietnam

Topics covered included green economic development, the EU-Vietnam partnership and European Green Deal

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More than 50 participants, including 28 economic and environmental journalists and six students, joined a two-day media training session in Halong City, Vietnam, from 21 to 22 April 2022.

Organised by the EU Delegation to Vietnam (EUD), the activity deepened the European Union’s (EU) engagement with Vietnamese journalists, especially regarding green economic development, the EU-Vietnam partnership and European Green Deal, through a series of presentations, Q&As and panel discussions.

Day one launched with opening remarks from European Union Ambassador to Vietnam, Giorgio Aliberti. Some of the key topics discussed during the sessions included the European Green Deal, Vietnam’s sustainable industries, and how the EU’s clean energy agenda can support sustainable development. The day's final session brought together journalists from the EU and Vietnam for a peer-to-peer discussion on best practices for environmental reporting.

Highlights from day two included sector presentations on clean energy and the circular economy, followed by a panel discussion ‘Can the European Green Deal build momentum for Vietnam’s Green Growth Strategy?’ involving senior representatives from the Vietnamese government, EUD, Global Green Growth Institute Vietnam and DEEP C Industrial Zones. Participants also visited the zone, developed and operated by a Belgian firm, to learn about wastewater treatment and rooftop solar panel production.

As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, Vietnam is expected to experience increasing temperatures, worsening droughts, floods, sea-level rise, and frequent storms in the coming years. These will present significant threats to the country’s efforts on poverty reduction, long-term economic growth and sustainable development.

The EU-Vietnam partnership for a green economy could therefore be critical in overcoming these challenges. Guided by the European Green Deal, the EU’s plan to fundamentally transform its economy in various aspects could also present Vietnam with opportunities to advance its own goals – and vice versa.

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