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Danang voted as Vietnam's greenest city

16 July 2018 | 01:57:00 PM

The central city of Danang has been selected as Vietnam's representative in the I Love Cities competition 2017-2018 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

A brown-legged langur in the Son Tra Peninsular in Danang

Danang will compete with 27 other candidates worldwide in the final round of the competition.

According to vice chairman of Danang City People's Committee, Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, the city has impressed the judge with solutions and ambitions to cope with climate change in order to realise the target set by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change 2015.

"When participating in the competition, we have pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2030 compared to 2016," Tuan said. "We have focused on promoting the use of clean energy, bio-fuel, public transport, as well as developing proper waste and waste-water treatment facilities."

I Love Cities was created with the aim to encourage sustainable ideas in urban planning, sustainable traffic and alternative resources, attracting the participation of many cities and inspiring other cities in the world.

Top 27 cities in the finale were chosen from 132 cities of 23 countries in the world, convincing the judges by their commitments and specific programmes to reduce their carbon footprint in the development process, especially in traffic – the main topic of this competition.

The judges are experts on sustainable cities, who will choose the cities with the most feasible and ambitious action plans on climate change. These plans must contribute to accomplishing the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

This year, the judges pay special attention to cities with goals and objectives for sustainable traffic – a challenge for all cities in the world. Resources and current situations of each city will be taken into consideration to ensure fairness in the judging process.

All global citizens can vote for their favourite cities, share photos and write about their stories with the cities. This is also an online platform for the public to raise their ideas and opinions for a greener and more sustainable city. The cities with the highest votes by the public will be titled “The most favourite green city in the world”.

This is the second time Vietnam is participating in this competition. In 2016, Hue received The National Green City title.

The awards ceremony will be organised at the end of this year.


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