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Green theme for Environment Day in Vietnam

HANOI, May 9 — Vietnam will celebrate this year's World Environment Day June 5 under the theme of "Green Economy: Does it include you?" in Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City.

The event will form part of Vietnam's efforts in reiterating its commitment to pursue green growth and transform current development patterns towards sustainable development.

This year's event will afford attendees an opportunity to learn more about green economies and assess the process as implemented by the government, private sector, civil societies and communities.

Speaking at the press briefing Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen said Vietnam was developing a green growth strategy for 2011-2020 with a vision towards 2050.

He said many challenges lay ahead, including limited resources.

He said the next step would entail preparing relevant policies and mechanisms as well as the institutional framework to ensure the effective implementation of such strategy.

A series of events will be held in Quang Ninh on June 4-5 including a green economy forum and a national commemoration event with the participation of 3,000 people including Party and State leaders.

The United Nations Environment Program defines a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. A green economy will be the umbrella theme of the upcoming Rio 20+ Summit held in Rio De Janero in June. (PNA/VNS)

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