A ceremony was held in the central city of Thua Thien-Hue on June 5 to mark the World Environment Day (WED).
Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said this year’s WED, with the theme “Think.Eat.Save”, sends an important message to each person, household and organisation so that they are more aware of impacts of the food they choose on the environment, thus contributing to protecting natural resources and the environment.
Waste of food is waste of natural resources, the Deputy PM affirmed, adding that Vietnam needs to focus on preventing environmental pollution in order to create a cleaner and healthier living environment for local residents today and in the future.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 1.3 billion tonnes of food or one third of global food output is wasted or lost every year. Meanwhile, one in every seven people in the world suffers hunger and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die of hunger a day.
At the meeting, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta suggested Vietnam establish a environmentally-friendly lifestyle to minimise negative impacts on the environment and create a big alliance from the Government to social organisations and individuals to make them join hands for a future environmentally-friendly and sustainable environment.
The country should create a legal framework by making laws and policies on environmental protection, she added.
On this occasion, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment presented Vietnam Environment Awards 2013 to 31 units, including the News for Foreign Services Department of the Vietnam News Agency, 18 individuals and one community for their outstanding contributions to protecting the environment.
After the meeting, delegates planted trees at the monument to King Quang Trung on Ban mountain, An Tay ward, Hue city.