The gap between local and global issues are shrinking

Following a prolonged closed door policy, Myanmar has sunk to the list of least developed countries and saw its relations with other nations diminish to the point where its situation and foothold were swarmed with uncertainty.
Unable to see from a global perspective, the people of Myanmar boasted that their rivers, mountains and forests were plenty and green and their natural resources were prosperous.
However, the truth is that the natural greenery and prosperity has diminished by quite a bit. In fact, it does not even equal the natural greenery of other countries around the world, including our own neighbors.
We were not aware of the encroaching natural disasters and climate change making their way to us. We wrongly believed that these natural disasters would never arrive upon our nation. But they did, slowly and surely.
Now that we are actually facing floods, typhoons, strong winds, earthquakes and droughts, and more frequently than in the past, we are struggling to make short-term and long-term reforms to accommodate these changes.
We were also unaware and unprepared of our economy reaching the lowest point, the dismal state of public healthcare, and the fact that the abysmal education system was dragging the nation into poverty.
The system used to ignore the calls from experts and the voice of the public to implement changes and even exercised severe punishments on critics of these issues. Thus, the people had to silently sink further and further into poverty.
But when that situation reached the lowest state, it set off a public unrest for democratic transitions and revolutionary changes to existing systems.
Hence, the authoritarian system had to give way for democracy. They could no longer ignore the strength of the people and consequently allowed the people’s representatives to partake in the executive, legislative and judiciary pillars.
The theme for this year’s UN General Assembly was: ‘Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.’ All of these need to be immediately implemented in present day Myanmar without fail.
It is no surprise that the objectives set out by the UN to resolve global issues, give priority to underdeveloped and improvised nations, and focusing on climate change is aligned with the needs of Myanmar. After all, we are all part of one global family and we need to work together to bring about actual change.

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