THE VISION: URGENT BOLD GREEN GROWTH TOWARDS TRANSFORMATIONAL GREEN PARADIGM.
The GEGG Sixth Forum continues to support the objective of the Green Economy Green Growth, GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) and non-political Association “To expeditiously promote green economy green growth in Myanmar and foster national and international cooperation” www.geggmyanmar.org
The Sixth Forum celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of the inception of GEGG and the Fifth Anniversary of the Endorsement of AIGE ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, by ASEAN Heads of State/ Governments at the 25th.ASEAN Summit in November 2014, Nay Pyi Taw. AIGE, an ASEAN Charter Entity is located at and supported by GEGG, as mandated in the ASEAN ToR.
The Sixth GEGG Form importantly celebrates the Centennial Year of the founding of UMFCCI, Union of Myanmar federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, it has become the apex private sector not for profit organization in the country. To underscore the close collaboration with GEGG, the Yangon Segment was organized at the UMFCCI HQ in Yangon and with the UMFCCI President, six senior Leadership spoke at the Sixth Forum.
During the past decade and accelerating recently, there is unprecedented convergence of major inter-connected global changes, many are increasingly known and are irreversible.
An increasing number of scientific reports and expanding global empirical evidence point to major systems and systemic changes, with dire consequences for the inextricably linked social, human health and wellbeing, economic, financial, and ecological sustainability, with overarching impacts on human, national and global security, in particular with food security and safety. The Reports include the October 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels; June 2019 U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report (CSSR); Jan 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment. US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. With improved knowledge and awareness, there is intensifying and growing global public actions, in particular by students, stressing the existential risks and threats and the urgent need for actions. There is growing international consensus on the imperative need now for expeditious actions and transitions toward a Green Paradigm. Business as usual, procrastinations and silo approaches are woefully inadequate to meet the scope, scale and speed of the mega transformations and threats. And importantly, do not adequately identify multiple benefits of expanding green opportunities, and opening of new windows and doors.
The Sixth GEGG Forum emphasize the imperative urgency and need for bold, visionary, holistic, policies, strategies and solutions that are integrated and aligned. The integration requires not only of disciplines, but also of sectors and stakeholders, with alignment of institutions. Furthermore, development needs to be considered in conjunction with investments. The GEGG 6 theme is Green Investments and Development— Now. The two –day Nay Pyi Taw segment address Policy and Strategy and is aligned with the one-day Yangon segment at UMFCCI, that will focus on moving forward Policy and Strategy from WHAT to HOW solutions and actions.
The Agenda consisted of elements clustered into transformative building blocks that are driving green transitions. These building blocks include Increasing Natural Resource Use Efficiency; Next Generation Energy leading towards “ Decarbonization”; Preparing and Unleashing 5G; Promoting Smart Materials; Innovative Financing and Economic Instruments; Transformation and translational Vocational Capacity Building. The Yangon segment discuss initiatives to implement the building blocks. Two mutually supportive mechanisms were proposed to accelerate and support transition to a transforming Green Paradigm: an Enabling Collaborative Platform to motivate, promote, support and fast-track innovation, inventions and competitiveness to provide Strategic Policies and Advice, and the Myanamr Green Resource Institute, with five aligned Centers of Excellence, to drive and revolutionize innovative use and stewardship of Resources. The concept of ‘agrohortiforestry” , integrating agriculture, horticulture and forestry, and demonstrating the multiple benefits. The two mechanisms will support the implementation of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (2018-2030)
The Sixth GEGG Forum provided al Framework of Vision; Holistic and Integrated Concept, Policy and Strategy Determinants; Building blocks for Actions; and two supporting Platforms to pilot test and demonstrate the efficacy of the holistic and Framework for fast transition towards a new Green Paradigm.
And provide the impetus for new and increased investment and development opportunities.
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NAY PYI TAW SEGMENT AT MICC 2
Transformational Policies and Strategies
Accelerating Green Transition
4 FEBRUARY 2020 DAY 1
H.E U Ohn Win, Union Minister for Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation
PRE SESSIONS BRIEF UPDATES BY GEGG (NOT FOR PROFIT) ASSOCIATION
Special Lunch Keynote H.E Prof. Dr. Myo Thein Gyi Union Minister for Education
YANGON SEGMENT AT UMFCCI
Accelerating WHAT to HOW SOLUTIONS & PRACTICES.
For Green Implementation
State of the Art Technologies and Management, Traditional & indigenous Knowledge
H.E U. Bharat Singh, Deputy Union Minister, Ministry for Investments and Foreign Economic Relations
“Roundtable discussion on private sector role and commitment towards a Transformative New Green Paradigm”
Demonstrating and Supporting HOW. Two mutually supporting initiatives.
(Brief Introduction by GEGG)
The Sixth GEGG Forum, celebrating the UMFCCI Centennial Year, Tenth Anniversary of GEGG Inception and Fifth Anniversary of the Endorsement of AIGE ASEAN Institute for Green Economy by ASEAN Heads of States and Governments at the 25th ASEAN Summit in November 2015.
The AIGE, the first ASEAN Charter Entity established in Myanmar, is hosted by GEGG (not for profit) Association.
In the Nay Pyi Taw Segment at MICC 2, over 400 national and international delegates registered and in the Yangon Segment at UMFCCI, 155 delegates registered.
The Opening Address in Nay Pyi Taw was delivered by H.E U Ohn Win, Union Minister,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, with a Welcome Addresses by
H.E Dr U Aung Thu, Union Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, U Thein Tun, Chairman, GEGG (not for profit) Association, represented by U Tin Win Aung, and by Dr. Myo Thet, Vice- President, UMFCCI
The Yangon Opening Address was given by H.E U. Bharat Singh, Deputy Union Minister, Ministry for Investments and Foreign Economic Relations , with Welcome Addresses by H.E U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister, Yangon Regional Government, U Thein Tun, Chairman, GEGG (not for profit) Association represented by U Tin Win Aung, and U Zaw Min Win, President, UMFCCI
The Nay Pyi Taw Special Lunch Keynote was given by Prof. Dr Myo Thein Gyi Union Minister for Education
The close cooperation between the GEGG and UMFCCI in planning and organizing the Sixth GEGG Forum was warmly commended by the Union Minsters and Chief Minister. They mentioned this augers well for fast transition toward new innovative and transformative green investments and development in Myanmar, as the private sector plays a key role.
A Union Minister pointedly remarked that Green Investments and Development provide new expanding opportunities for growth and can “unshackle” the country from past patterns of investments and usher in new, safer, environmentally responsible social, economic, jobs, employment and livelihoods, resource use, innovations and inventions.
The Sixth GEGG Forum included Keynotes and or Chaired by three Union Ministers. Chief Minister of Yangon Region, three Deputy Ministers, one former Permanent Secretary and one Director General. Their high level roles are described in the Agenda.
In addition, six Regional Ministers , four Regional Representatives and over 55 Regional Fellows , supported by UNDP, from over ten Regions of Myanmar participated and with supplementary support by the Netherlands and WWF for Fellowships and regional speakers.
MONREC ECD Launched the National Waste Management Strategy and Master Plan at the Nay Pyi Taw Opening Session.
All the Sessions Keynotes, presentations, and interventions by the delegates emphasized the major global threats of the overarching climate change; environmental quality degradation, air pollution, in particular PM2.5; loss in biodiversity, seal level rise; ocean acidification; drought; floods; forest fires; hazardous wastes pollution and in particular plastics and their breakdown in oceans into micro-beads; all converging into mega changes with major, and increasingly irreversible transformations of economic, social, cultural, ecological , human health and wellbeing, governance , institutional systems, with dire implications for human and global security. The outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID 17, yet another example of zoonosis, is a case in point and important lesson to be learned and transcends just public health
Besides the massive economic losses, unfolding and expanding disruption in the global supply change and trade, quarantine and containment measures curtailing personal movements in many countries around the world, the fundamental root causes of the transmission of viruses from the close proximity of wild animals to human beings have yet to be better understood, to determine transmission pathways and effective response measures.
Public Heath must encompass a holistic approach, integrating ecological, social, economic, development and ethical determinants.
This underscores the compelling need for a transformational, holistic, integrated trans-discipline paradigm change.
This imperative need motivates the vision and thrust of the Sixth GEGG Forum, to catalyze and expeditiously begin the transformation towards a new Green Paradigm.
The GEGG Sixth Forum was significantly supported by the Netherlands, UNDP Myanmar, WWF, Tun Commercial Bank, Mandalay Technology, Ease Net, and in-kind by UMFCCI, MONREC, MOALI, MIFER, MoFP, MOE, MOC, MoEE. A number of the national and international speakers participated at their own costs.
There were ten sessions with 57 Speakers of which 29 were international speakers.
These are described in the Final Agenda. The Nay Pyi Taw Segment addressed Policies and Strategies and was aligned with the Yangon Segment that focused on Implementation.
The Sixth GEGG Forum is structured with five building blocks:
The Sixth Forum emphasized the imperative need for:
Talking and Walking from What to How and Now
In this context two Collaborative Platforms will be established for
The MGRI is envisaged to be established in 200 + acres of land in the Bago Region.
A Facility will be established to mobilize funds, and in kind resources from diverse international, national, public and private sources to support the work of the MGRI and the six aligned Centers.
The highlights of the five building Blocks of the Sixth GEGG Forum are:
New and Renewable Energy towards “decarbonisation”
Natural Materials, hybrid, composite, incorporating mud bio and eco mimetics materials with highlights on bamboo
Green Structures, building, roads bridges, ports, energy and water supply Systems, waste disposal
Transformative education, training, skills development, awareness