The First Myanmar Green Economy Green Growth Forum was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 1 to 2 November followed by the Conference in Yangon on the 3 and 4 November 2011.
The Forum addressed international trends, policy determinants, economic instruments and financing mechanisms.
The Conference focused on the technology and management aspects.
Both the Forum and Conference were attended by over 220 participants from diverse sectors of Myanmar society as well as from the diplomatic corps. and international organizations.
The GEGG was organized and funded by Myanmar’s private sector, professional organizations and academia. The Sponsors and Conveners are listed in the Programme in Attachment 1.
Thirty three papers were presented by national and international speakers. All the eight sessions had a Myanmar speaker and Co-Chair. A Town Hall session was included in the Forum and Conference, providing additional opportunities, in addition to the discussions period at the end of each session, for the participants to be involved and provide their views. Amongst the international organizations participated were UNDP, UNIDO, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, IGES, Japan, WWF Norway.
The Nay Pyi Taw Forum was Opened by a Statement of U Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, delivered by U Win Tun, Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and the Closing Speech was given by U Tin Naing Thein, Minister of National Planning and Development.
The Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry Inaugural Statement reiterated the first Speech of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar , which stated “ Another task we will have to implement is environmental conservation and we will pay serious attention to conservation of forests woodlots and take measures in various sectors to reduce air and water pollution, control dumping of industrial wastes and conserve wildlife. We will lay down a new policy in which we will work economic development in parallel with environmental conservation. We will mobilize participation of the people and social organizations in the tasks for environmental conservation and create renewable energy at low cost. We will review and amend laws and enact new laws on environmental conservation” Currently the Draft Environmental Law is under peer discussions at the Peoples’ Assembly (Hluttaw)
The Statements unequivocally confirmed the policy and determination of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to protect the environment, conserve and manage the natural resources of the country for the benefits of present and future generations. Myanmar will continue to live in harmony with nature, as it has for millennium.
A number of Ministers participated extensively and notably by U Soe Thane, Minister of Industry and U Nyan Htun Aung, Minister of Transportation.
Keynote Addresses were given in Nay Pyi Taw by Rajendra Pachuiri, Director-General the Energy and Resource Institute, New Delhi and Chair of the UN IPCC; Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister of Environment and International Development, Vijay Nambiar, UN Under-Secretary General and Special Advisor on Myanmar to the Secretary General.
All the Keynotes speeches mentioned the increasing concentrations of green house gases, the growing empirical evidence of global warming, melting of glaciers and arctic ice, sea level rise, changes in precipitation patterns, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and hypoxia. There is an imperative to move towards a green economy that will decrease carbon content, improve energy efficiencies and conservation, increase use of renewable energy and changing consumption and production patterns.
Myanmar was described as one of the most biologically rich country in the world.
The keynote speakers commended the timely convening of the First Myanmar Green Economy Green Growth Forum and Conference.
The Yangon Conference was opened by H.E U Nyan Tun U, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Electric Power and Industry, Yangon Region Government, with the Key Note address by U Win Aung, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Both emphasized the critical role of the private sector in green economy and green growth to increase economic opportunities, employment, standards of living and eradicate poverty.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the full morning Session on 4 November.
Paintings on the theme Green Economy Green Growth were commissioned by the Tun Foundation and were displayed. Demonstration projects and posters were also displayed in booths set up by the Community Development Association; Environmental & Economic Research Institute; Water Research and Training Centre; Women’s Organization Network of Myanmar,
The GEGG was extensively reported by the media.
There was consensus by the speakers and participants that there is a unprecedented opportunity for Myanmar to leap frog the unsustainable development process followed by almost all countries, towards a green economy green growth pathway that will be sustainable, resilient, inclusive and equitable.
There was recognition at the Forum and Conference that the beginning of a paradigm change is taking place in a growing number of countries. There is the opportunity for Myanmar to be also at the forefront of this change and to be competitive in this globalized world.
The following were also articulated:
1 st – 2nd NOVEMBER 2011, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
There is growing recognition of the need for Green Economy and Green Growth, a term and concept that is expanding to include sustainable development that is inclusive and equitable; responsible stewardship of the environment; reducing and mitigating greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change; transition to low-carbon and cleaner energy, less wasteful and more efficient use of energy, water and natural resources.
This encompassing concept is at the core of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, (Rio + 20) which will focus on “Green Economy within the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication” and “Institutional Mechanisms for Sustainable Development”.
The RIO + 20 Conference, expected to be attended by Heads of States and Governments, is catalyzing national and international discussions, promoting policies, planning and implementing pathways toward Green Economy and Green Growth.
The aim of the Forum in Nay Pyi Taw and the related Conference in Yangon is to exchange information and knowledge on the enabling instruments and tools for Green Economy and Green Growth.
Focusing on international trends, policy, financing and economics
Tuesday 1 November 2011 Inaugural Opening of the Forum
11:00 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH
15:00 – 16:00 DISCUSSIONS
1800 – 1830 DISCUSSIONS
Enabling and Supporting Measures
11:30 – 12:30 DISCUSSIONS
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
15:20 – 16:00 BREAK
Final Provisional Agenda
Focusing on Transformational Technology and Management
0845 – 1000 BREAK
11:30 – 12:00 DISCUSSIONS
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH
16:00 – 16:30 DISCUSSIONS
Tun Foundation -Myanmar Development Resource Centre; Myanmar Academy for Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Fisheries Sciences; Myanmar Engineering Society (MES); Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA); Environmental and Economic Research Institute (EERI); Yangon Media Group; Forest Resource Environment Development and Conservation Association (FREDA); Water, Research and Training Centre (WRTC) Myanmar; Agribusiness and Rural Development Consultants (ARDC) and Individual Sponsors: U Soe Thane, U KyawLwinHla, Director, First Private Bank Ltd. and Former UNDP Resident Representative.
U Set Aung, Founder and Director – Asia Development Research Institute; U Tin Win Aung, President – Environmental and Economic Research Institute (EERI); U Win Khaing, President – Myanmar Engineering Society (MES); U Ko Ko, Chairman – Yangon Media Group; U Aye Lwin, Advisor – Tun Foundation and Former Director General, ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. KhinMaungLwin – Former Director, Ministry of Health; Dr. Tun Lwin – Chairman, Tun Lwin Foundation; Dr.ThanNyunt, Former- Chairman, Public Service Commission; U Ohn, Vice Chairman – Forest Resource Environment Development and Conservation Association (FREDA); U Sun Oo, Vice President – Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA); U Tin Htut Oo ,CEO- Agribusiness and rural Development Consultants (ARDC);Dr. MyintThein, President –Myanmar Academy for Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Fisheries Sciences; Dr. Daw Khin Ni Ni Thein, Founder and President – Water, Research and Training Centre (WRTC); U Thet Lwin Toh,Vice Chairman, Union of Myanmar Travel Association; U Thein Tun, Chairman – Tun Foundation.
U KyawLwinHla, Director First Private Bank, Former UNDP Resident Representative.