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Online Platform on Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

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03 September 2020

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

Saynakhone Inthavong

Mr. Chair, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

・I would like to first extend my sincere congratulations and appreciations to Minister KOIZUMI Shinjiro and UNFCCC secretariat for your join efforts to launch this Online Platform on Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19;

・Lao PDR has taken a significant measure to fight against COVID-19 since early this year. As a result, Lao PDR had only 22 cases affected by COVID-19, no death reported, and only 1 patient is currently hospitalized;

・Fighting against COVID-19 consumes a lot of capital and disrupts our economic growth. As similar as many countries, we have to set our national priority to our people’s safety;

・Nevertheless, the Lao Government affirms that even though the country confronts with COVID-19 pandemic crisis, which down turns our economy, the Lao PDR still has high ambition to achieve its climate change targets, mainstreamed in its 9th National Socio-Economic Development Plan, National Green Growth Strategy and 2020 updated NDC;

・Like other signatory states of the Paris Agreement, 2020 is the milestone year for Lao PDR to submit its renewed NDC to the UNFCCC including revised mitigation and adaptation targets. We believe that with national efforts combined with international cooperation, we will be able to come along together to achieve our goals;

・The 2020 updated NDC will contribute to serve the country’s post COVID-19 economic recovery by increasing resilience and accelerating decarbonization. It brings forward enhanced action with the aim of strengthening Lao PDR’s response to the threat of climate change;

・The new NDC introduces an unconditional GHG mitigation commitment to 2030, as well as a more ambitious conditional mitigation scenario towards achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050, subject to international support;

・2015 NDC targets have been updated and extended, including to new sectors (energy efficiency, agriculture, waste);

・The 2020 NDC will provide increased transparency and consistency between quantitative targets, new short-term objectives for climate change adaptation towards a strengthened measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system, as well as the country’s expression of interest to pursue voluntary cooperation to allow for higher ambition, in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

・Lady and gentleman, COVID may stay long in our world, so we have to live in new normal in our working lives. We need to promote the utilization of VDO conferencing more than in the past. With the difficulties in travelling, external experts may find obstacles to come over to protect countries. With this new normal we kindly suggest a redesign that replacement of overseas experts by local staffs or local experts where possible.

I thank you for your attention.

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Saynakhone Inthavong

Categories

Response
Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
Recovery
Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
Redesign
Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.

1.Climate mitigation measures

  • Others

    Redesign
    Climate change strategy development included mitigation and adaptaiton implemenetaiton mechanism and stakeholder engagement in the infectious context
    ReferenceDraft climate change strategy to the year 2030
    ContactMONRE
  • Others

    Redesign
    Promote environmentally friendly and clean/hygiene urban and housing and green space
    ContactMONRE/MPWT
  • Others

    Redesign
    Adopt resource saving and efficiency
    ContactMONRE/MEM
  • Household sector

    Redesign
    Adopt solid waste management
    ContactMONRE/MPWT

2.Climate adaptation measures

  • Adaptation planning

    Redesign
    Climate change strategy development included mitigation and adaptaiton implemenetaiton mechanism and stakeholder engagement in the infectious context
    ReferenceDraft climate change strategy to the year 2030
    ContactMONRE
  • Adaptation planning

    Redesign
    Promote environmentally friendly and clean/hygiene urban and housing and green space
    ContactMONRE/MPWT
  • Adaptation planning

    Redesign
    Adopt early warning system
    ContactMONRE
  • Adaptation planning

    Redesign
    Adopt adaptation in the context of infectious disease outbreak (how to assist flood victim during the infectious disease and dengue fever outbreak)
    ContactMONRE
  • Adaptation planning

    Redesign
    Adopt climate risk management and insurance
    ContactMONRE/MLSW/MOF

3.Cross-cutting measures

  • Sustainable finance (public/private)/market mechanisms/carbon pricing

    Redesign
    Adopt green investment
    ContactMONRE/MPI/MOF
  • Governance

    Redesign
    Adopt law enforecement
    ContactMONRE
  • Citizens' lives (behaviour change) / employment

    Redesign
    Adopt access to information and awareness raising on line
    ContactMONRE