4th GEGG Forum focus on expanding cooperation and deepening integration for sustainable development

President U Thein Sein delivers speech at 4th Green Economy, Green Growth Forum at MICC-II in  Nay Pyi Taw.—mna
President U Thein Sein delivers speech at 4th Green Economy, Green Growth Forum at MICC-II in
Nay Pyi Taw.—mna

Nay Pyi Taw, 3 Feb—President U Thein Sein delivered address at the 4th Green Economy, Green Growth Forum, which focuses on ‘expanding cooperation and deepening integration for sustainable resources and social and economic development’.
Coexistence with cooperative and collaborative minds has power for development, with the president citing that a strong and healthy forest is home to diverse species of flora and fauna, whose coexistence can stave off natural disasters, tree diseases and insects.
“Similarly, a stronger society has diverse technocrats with integrated minds and they can overcome different social, economic and environmental challenges of today,” he said, pointing out the ‘higher than ever’ frequency of environmental challenges and man-made disasters in recent years in today’s world.
A society contains a diversity of ethnic groups with different beliefs, customs and backgrounds as well as with varying degrees of knowledge and expertise, he said, adding that their joint cooperation and deeper integration can meet challenges of now and then.
He described broadmindedness and closer cooperation as essential to the sustainability of natural resources and the enhancement of socio-economic growth.
Myanmar has formed a non-profit organization, Green Economy and Green Growth (Myanmar), to undertake green projects in partnership with civil society organizations and international organizations.
GEGG (Myanmar), at the 25th ASEAN Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw in November 2014, established ASEAN Institute for Green Economy (AIGE), with a view to spurring collaboration in sustainable development and greening the regional economy in line with the ASEAN’s theme “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community”.
AIGE is reported to serve as a centre of excellence on green economy and green growth by dealing with environmental, climatic and economic issues in the region while providing technical assistance for capacity building and research projects.
President U Thein Sein pledged new levels of cooperation in making policies and strategies on sustainable development and human resources in the arenas of science, technology and management.
He called sustainable development the ‘common goal of our world’, warning that excessive harvest would terminate natural resources, which he said are vital to ‘our survival’.
He also spoke of two Earth Summits held in Brazil in 1992 and 2012 as well as Rio+20, which put in sharp focus ‘the green economy and green growth in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’.
In line with the guidelines adopted at Rio+20, Myanmar is making efforts to ensure that industries are environmentally friendly and follow the practices of low carbon emission.
Myanmar pays complete attention to the aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, fisheries, livestock, forests, biodiversity, water resources, ecosystems, systematic use and management of land, disaster risk reduction, green cities projects, hazardous waste management, conservation of oceans, seas and coastal areas, and environmentally-sound technology.
To achieve desired results, Myanmar has formulated policies, legislations and action plans, adopting the national energy policy, the national water policy, the land use policy, the environmental conservation law and the disaster management law.
As part of international cooperation, the president said Myanmar joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2014 in a bid to utilize natural resources effectively and transparently in line with international standards.
Climate change, population growth and fewer natural resources all post a threat to sustainable development, with the world facing frequent outbreaks of natural disasters due to the past development slogan “Growth first, Clean up later”.
The president called for reconsideration of the resource-based development pattern, stressing that the green growth approach is a new policy designed to achieve real progress to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
He emphasized added momentum to international cooperation in environmental conservation for the present and future social and economic development as well as in promoting green economy and green growth to achieve sustainable development.
The forum was attended by Vice President U Nyan Tun, union ministers and UN agencies. MNA

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