Myanmar to draft national environmental policy: President U Htin Kyaw

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Myanmar is encountering the consequences of climate change, deterioration of the ecosystem, deforestation, endangered species, pollution of the air, oceans, rivers, lakes and land and infectious diseases like other countries in the world, President U Htin Kyaw said in his speech at the Green Economy and Green Development Forum held at Myanmar International Convention Centre (2) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

The president pointed out the importance of international cooperation in the response to the impact of the deterioration of the world’s environment and ecosystems.

The president went on to say that United Nation Assemblies have already approved conventions that contribute to the implementation of policies and strategies to respond to challenges posed by interrelations among sustainable development, resilience, equality, inclusive development for the future, environment, energy and climate change.

To counter climate change, Myanmar is participating in international conventions such as the Paris Agreement 2015, sustainable development goals of the UN and the reduction of emissions of hydroflurocarbons and cooperating with the international community to respond to the global challenges that will have an impact on people at present and future generations, the president added.

It is important to reduce poverty, prevent starvation, eliminate malnutrition, prevent the retardation of growth among children, create job opportunities, provide quality education and healthcare and respond to natural disasters, he said.

To respond to these challenges, it is necessary to enhance the national capacity of the nation to identify development trends and to grasp opportunities available. It is important to avoid costly but unsustainable and incomplete policies and projects, according to the president.

In addition, the president urged participants to take lessons from the international community and said that Myanmar, which is abundant with natural and human resources, has potential for sustainable, resilient, systematic and equitable development.

Myanmar is cooperating with the international community to draft a national environmental policy and adopt its main tasks in order to contribute to sustainable development, policies, strategies and work programmes relating to climate change, a framework for a green economy and strategies and work programmes for waste management, the president added.

Myanmar has placed emphasis on renewable energy development, setting goals for using renewable energy, conservation and effective utilisation of biodiversity, adoption of better consumption and production methods, the utilisation of waste as resources, creation of economic incentives and financial mechanisms that will encourage innovation and enhancement of human resources and education to create opportunities, the president said.

The president said that the forum will focus on policies, strategies, financial measures, technologies, management, education, capacity building and international cooperation for green economy and green development, expressing his hope that these topics will contribute to comprehensive discussions.

In conclusion, the president said that the forum would result in recommendations for a green economy and development that will contribute to the interests of the people.

The union minister for Natural Resources and Environment Conservation andGreen Economy and Green Development Association member U Tin Win Aung, Ambassador of India to Myanmar Mr Vikram Misri, Ambassador of Norway to Myanmar Mr Tone Tinnes and Director General Madam Wakako Hironaka of Global Environment Action made speeches on the occasion and Professor Nay Tun, founder of the Green Economy and Green Development Association expressed his thanks to all.