Tehran, May. 11, 2017 (ICANA)–Iranian MP Abbas Papizadeh has led a parliamentary delegation to Vietnam to attend a regional seminar on sustainable development.
The Regional Seminar on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for the Parliaments in the Asia-Pacific Region is being held in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City from May 11 to 13.
The event is being co-organized by the National Assembly of Vietnam and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Fifteen countries including Myanmar, Timor, Thailand, Fiji, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Singapore are attending.
Papizadeh will address the event on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The event started on Thursday at 9 a.m. local time with Vietnam's speaker of parliament and his deputy taking part.
Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam NguyễnThị Kim Ngân said climate changes and rising sea levels had affected the life of people in some countries including Vietnam.
"For instance, Ho Chi Minh will submerge into water up to [the end of the] 21st century and the life of 10 to 12 million Vietnamese will be affected," she said, adding that countries are required to take action.
For his part, IPU President Saber Chowdhury said that 2015 was a crucial year for the IPU, noting that parliaments must contribute to the materialization of development goals because of their important roles in it. He said that the sustainable development objectives must be realized up to 2030.
He said that seminars had been held in Bangladesh, Panama and Africa about development goals. He added that parliaments should help improve living standards.
Papizadeh held a one-on-one meeting with Chowdhury.