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President of Myanmar HE U Win Myint announces national environment and climate change policies to mark World Environment Day 2019
President U Win Myint announced the two new policies – the National Environmental Policy and the Myanmar Climate Change Policy – at an event marking World Environment Day in the capital. More than 400 attended the announcement, including senior government officials from Union ministries, states and regions and representatives from civil society, academic institutions, businesses and the international community, including the acting UN Resident Coordinator and EU Ambassador.
The new policies explicitly recognize the increasing threat of extreme weather and other climate change impacts to the country’s economic and social development and set out an ambition to transform Myanmar into a climate-resilient, low-carbon society that is sustainable, prosperous and inclusive. Myanmar Climate Change Policy, strategy and Master Plan are a culmination of five years of work spearheaded by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) with support the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance, an effort funded by the European Union with technical support from UN Environment and UN-Habitat.
Speaking at the launch, President U Win Myint said, “I am greatly honored to launch these policies in this auspicious ceremony. These policies, strategy and master plan have to be implemented effectively in the relevant sectors through short-and long-term development plans and investments, respectively. I have no doubt that we have confidence to achieve sustainable and harmonious development which balances economic, social and environmental pillars. It can be achieved by understanding current promulgated environmental policy and Climate change policy, environmental conservation laws, by-laws, rules and regulations, guidelines in the relevant Ministries, civil society, businesses, technicians, students and people, and also contributing to the development projects, investments and sustainable development activities, based on the technology and experiences with international best practices through reducing greenhouse gas emission and development of air pollution management plan. I would like to urge Myanmar citizens, including all of you, to participate for the current and future sustainable development of our country by changing your daily lifestyles in order to support environmental conservation. And, I also would like to urge you again to beat air pollution as an important part of Myanmar’s sustainable development to benefit our society as a whole.”
U Ohn Winn, Union Minister for National Resources and Environmental Conservation, urged the senior officials from line ministries, representatives from NGOs, INGOs and all participants, to find out solutions for integrating policy, laws and regulations, programmes and budget in the Myanmar National environmental Policy, Myanmar Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Master Plan of respective ministries, states and regional governments.
Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar, said “We Europeans have made a lot of mistakes in the past. We now see what we must change, and we are developing the policies and the technologies to do so.”