Union Minister U Ohn Win attends roundtable talks on 2019 World Environment Day

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Union Minister U Ohn Win delivers the speech at the event to mark the World Environment Day 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

A roundtable talk to commemorate the 2019 World Environment Day was held yesterday at the Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw, where Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win attended and delivered a speech.
In his opening speech at the event, Union Minister U Ohn Win said that the event would help combat the effects of casualties, economic and social loss caused by air pollution and which could benefit the works process in future through cooperation.
With a view to combating the air pollution, the roundtable was being held in cooperation with governmental organizations and private industries. Thus concerted efforts should be made to set up long-term policies and strategic plans aiming at coping with the impacts of environmental hazards while fostering sustainable development in Myanmar. It was of great importance to implement the Myanmar National Environmental policy, Myanmar’s climate change policy, strategies and mainstream of the work process in cooperation with all stakeholders in national, regional and state levels. He also urged to coordinate and implement the short and long-term schemes to make it a success. He added that sustainable development could be achieved through the cooperation with people and different organizations from all sectors.
Then EU Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Kristian Schmidt, Myanmar-based EU Ambassador Mr. Peter Batchelon, Country Programme Manager Mr. Bljay Karmacharya and representative from Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) delivered remarks at the event. Next, Director General of the Department of Natural Environment U Hla Maung Thein clarified the Myanmar National-level Climate Change Policy, strategies and the prime schemes (2018-2030).
In the afternoon, a roundtable talks on “Air Pollution” was held and Environmental Health Consultant Dr. Ohnmar May Tin Hlaing acted as a moderator, Amyotha Hluttaw Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation committee secretary U Sa Khin Zaw Lin, Directorate of Industrial Collaboration Director U Wai Zin Oo, Yangon City Development Committee’s Department Head Dr. Aung Myint Maw, Environmental Conservation Department Deputy Director Dr. Tin Tin Thaw, Public Health Department Deputy Director Dr. Kay Khaine Aye and Chairman of Sein Lan Myay U Win Myo Thu took part in the discussion.
The roundtable talk on “Climate Change” was continued and UNDP Program Officer U Hone Lain acted as moderator.
Pyithu Hluttaw’s Natural Resources and Environmental Committee member U Ye Mon, Department of Disaster Management Deputy Director General U Than Htut Swe, Environmental Conservation Department Director U Kyaw San Naing, Department of Meteorology and Hydrology Dr. Kyu Kyu Sein, RECOFTC Dr. Maung Maung Than contributed to the discussions on this theme. At the event, officials explained about the process of the environmental conservation to the students attending the event.—MNA (Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)

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