Consultation workshop on the 2nd draft resource mobilisation plan for implementing the political declaration on establishing the JETP

Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Ms. Ramla Khalidi

October 27, 2023

Many thanks, Mark
Excellency Mr. Lê Công Thành,
Excellency Mr. Thomas Wiersing,
Representatives from Government, International Partners, GFANZ, NGOs, Private sector,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’m honoured to join the second consultation on the draft JETP Resource Mobilization Plan.

I commend MONRE and other key ministries for this compelling draft. In the two months since we last met, the draft has improved significantly, benefitting from approximately 500 comments from all concerned partners. It is more clearly aligned with PDP8, NDC, and the Climate Change Strategy, helping to focus Viet Nam’s trajectory toward net zero emissions.

From our privileged position as a support agency to the JETP Secretariat, UNDP is committed to working with all actors to create an enabling environment for a successful and inclusive energy transition. We take the words of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at COP26 to heart when he stated: we must work towards “transitioning the development model towards a green, circular, sustainable, inclusive, and humanistic economy. All that we do must be centred around people, for they are the actors and drivers of sustainable development, to leave no one behind.”

This language is echoed in the JETP Political Declaration, whose priority interventions call for, inter alia: 
-    Enhancing employment opportunities and creating green jobs and decent work; 
-    Support to workers through skilling, re-skilling, and technical and vocational training; 
-    Affordable energy access for all; 
-    Realising multi-purpose land use for renewable energy, agriculture-, and aquaculture; and 
-    Building a broad social consensus through regular consultation with media, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

In that regard, should the Government and the IPG members agree, UNDP would be happy to coordinate with other stakeholders to develop a Just Transition framework, through an inclusive and consultative process, based on experience from South Africa and Indonesia. The proposed Framework would not only help identify negative social, economic, and environmental impacts and implement actions to address them, but also identify new development opportunities to enable impacted people and vulnerable groups to benefit from new opportunities presented by the energy transition.

I’d like to suggest four recommendations as priority next steps:
First, building on strong ownership and leadership of the Government, and great support from IPG, GFANZ, and all other stakeholders, let us work together to finalise the RMP as an ambitious and realistic roadmap for just energy transition, helping chart an inclusive path for Viet Nam towards COP28 and beyond; I second the call by the IPG that when we have more time, we can do more detailed modeling to guide the revision and update and of the RMP. 

Second, call for national and provincial Governments to integrate JETP priorities into sectoral and provincial strategies and plans for effective implementation, given the on-going annual plans for 2024-2025, and up-coming medium-term investment plan 2026-2030; 

Third, put in place swift policy reforms based on RMP recommendations, starting with developing regulations on three top priorities of offshore wind; energy transmission, energy storage.
In this connection, improved and swift approval procedures will be crucial both towards the implementation of the RMP as well as in creating favourable conditions for additional investments.

Fourth, work out the needs and earmark funding to undertake necessary assessment and actions on Just aspects.  

Looking ahead, UNDP is committed to maintaining active support to the Secretariat, Working Groups, and IPG, on annual monitoring and evaluation efforts as well as biennial review and communication on JETP.

Thank you.