Webinar Series on Southeast Asian Countries’ Updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs): Spotlight on Cambodia and Vietnam


About the Webinar

Under Article 4 of the 2015 Paris Agreement, State parties are required to “prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions” (Article 4.5) and to do so “every five years in accordance with decision 1/CP21” (Article 4.9). Countries are encouraged to show “progression” and “higher ambition” with each successive update. The Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute will be delivering a Webinar Series on Southeast Asian countries’ new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that are due to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) this year.

This is the 2nd webinar of the series which aims to shine a spotlight on the key features of Cambodia’s and Vietnam’s updated 2020 NDC targets, the progress of their NDCs and the long-term low emissions development strategies, as well as opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the NDCs moving forward.

About the Speakers

Dr. Hak Mao is Director of the Department of Climate Change, General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia. Dr. Hak Mao possesses extensive expertise in climate change, having participated in various negotiations of the Conference of Parties on Climate Change, and involved in the marine and coastal management and development nationally and internationally, notably the promotion of the development of blue economy and the implementation of maritime law – UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Dr. Hak Mao earned his Bachelor degree in Forestry Science from the Royal University of Agriculture in 2003, a M.Sc in Marine Environment and Ocean Management from the World Maritime University, Sweden, in 2008, and a Ph.D degree with a focus on ‘’A Design of Low Carbon Development Action in Cambodia towards 2050’’ in 2015. He continued to pursue his research fellowship until mid-2016 to develop his post-doctoral thesis on the same topic. Dr. Hak Mao also lectures part-time at the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia.

Dr. Chu Thi Thanh Huong is Director of the Science Technology and International Cooperation Division, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Viet Nam. She is also the Secretariat for the Vietnam Negotiation Team under UNFCCC. Dr. Huong contributed to the development of Vietnam’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution in 2015 and the Plan for Implementation of the Paris Agreement in 2016, and is currently involved in the reviewing and updating process of Vietnam’s NDC. Dr. Huong has extensive experience in supporting climate change related policies and actions among ministries, provinces and international development partners toward the implementation of the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC in Viet Nam. Dr. Huong earned her Masters degree in Environment from Hiroshima University, Japan, and a Ph.D degree in Climate Change from Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Viet Nam.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.

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2. Set up a Zoom account, using the following link: https://zoom.us/signup
3. Click on the unique link in your email.

For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speaker and discussants, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker and the discussants during the Q&A session.


Sep 25 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am