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Sea level rise – challenge to int’l peace: ambassador

Vietnam shares difficulties facing small island developing states, coastal countries and those located below the sea level that are grappling with adverse impacts of the phenomenon.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN delivered a speech at an Arria-formula meeting of the United Nations Security Council on sea-level rise and implications for international peace and security.

He said of the people hardest hit by sea level rise globally, more than 70 percent live in Asia. Vietnam’s Mekong and Red River Deltas are among the areas most vulnerable to sea level rise.

Other delegates lauded Vietnam’s initiative to organise the meeting, and shared the view that sea level rise has posed threats at both present and in the future, and resulted in the depletion of agricultural and aquatic resources.

Sea level rise has also affected livelihoods of millions of people and worsened conflicts, they added.

 Many suggested that attention should be paid to mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change.

They also agreed that legal consequences of sea level rise need to be addressed within the framework of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The ambassador told the Vietnam News Agency following the meeting that Vietnam’s initiative is to create a forum for all countries to raise their viewpoints as well as their concerns over sea level rise, while creating higher consensus on the significance of UNSC discussions on this issue.

Quy affirmed Vietnam’s commitments to promoting the Council’s contributions to international efforts in responding to sea level rise./.

Source: VNA

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