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Water security main topic at parliamentary meeting in south-central Vietnam

Water security main topic at parliamentary meeting in south-central Vietnam

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 12:45 GMT+7
Water security main topic at parliamentary meeting in south-central Vietnam
Sixty scientists and young parliamentarians from 18 countries and regions attend a parliamentary meeting on water security held in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam from September 11 to 13, 2023. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Sixty scientists and young parliamentarians from 18 countries and regions gathered in Binh Dinh Province, located in south-central Vietnam, on Monday to attend a parliamentary meeting, themed ‘Water Security and Insecurity: Rebuilding Peaceful Coexistence with Science.'

The IPU Science for Peace Parliamentary Meeting is co-hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the (ICISE) International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education, and the scientific and educational organization ‘Rencontres du Vietnam’ (Meeting Vietnam).

Senior Adviser to the IPU Secretary General Mokhtar Omar speaks at the meeting. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Senior adviser to IPU secretary general Mokhtar Omar speaks at the meeting. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

The meeting, held from Monday to Wednesday this week at the ICISE, located in the provincial capital city of Quy Nhon, is also being attended by IPU secretary general Martin Chungong and senior adviser to the IPU secretary general Mokhtar Omar. 

The meeting is aimed at facilitating constructive dialogue, knowledge exchange, and partnership building to develop effective strategies and policies to ensure water security for present and future generations.

During the three-day event, participants are scheduled to join nine sessions to discuss in-depth topics about science and politics, earth observation programs as a tool to monitor water, and others.

Speaking at the opening session, Professor Tran Thanh Van, chairman of Rencontres du Vietnam, said that Vietnam joined others in a project to suggest the 2022-23 period as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2021.

“This will pave the way toward sustainable development, a common goal of the IPU and the ICISE,” said Van.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Duc Hai speaks at the event. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Vice-Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Duc Hai speaks at the event. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Ho Quoc Dung, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said this meeting is the first event to realize a memorandum of understanding signed between the IPU and the ICISE.

At this event, participants will jointly discuss issues linked to water security and insecurity based on scientific approaches and values, Dung said.

The provincial Party chief also expressed his hope that the ICISE will serve as a destination for scientists at home and overseas to gather for sharing and exchanging scientific knowledge, contributing to sustainable growth of the province and the country.

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