Delivered by H.E. U Win Tun, Union Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry,
At the Closing Ceremony
Fourth Green Economy Green Growth GEGG Forum
[Afternoon (17:30), 4 February 2015, MICC-II, Nay Pyi Taw]

Your Excellencies,
World Dignitaries from the United Nations and International Institutions,
Senior Officials from Line Ministries,
Delegates from NGOs and INGOs,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Afternoon!

First of all, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to his Excellency President U Thein Sein for taking his valuable time and his warmly welcome and delivered opening speech to us yesterday. We are very honored and proud of the presence of His Excellency President for his strong dedication and effort to promote Green Economy to the pathway to achieve Sustainable Development in Myanmar.

It is my great honor and privilege to deliver closing remarks at this Forum which has been convened here in Nay Pyi Taw for two days. I would like to extend my great gratitude to you all for your presence and participation that reflect importance of this event among others in our region.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With the objective of the event, the theme “Expanding Cooperation and Deepening Integration for Sustainable Natural Resources, Social and Economic Development” is quite impressive, and promotes the roles and responsibilities of individual organizations in designing the green economy green growth at the national, regional and international level. It also reflects particularly on the establishment of the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy (AIGE) which was welcome at the 25th ASEAN Summit, held in Nay Pyi Taw in November, 2014. I believe that AIGE plays a more crucial role as the foundation of new mechanism to strengthen and double our cooperation for the sake of ASEAN region’s common and mutual benefits to bring “Clean and Green ASEAN.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to appreciate all efforts making the close cooperation in the integration of environment into the development sectors in the regions, which has been gradually strengthened and deepened over recent years. I do believe that our efforts of integration and strengthening cooperation certainly encourage narrowing the development gap between urban and rural areas as well as among the countries in the region.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With regard to implementation steps towards green economy in Myanmar, His Excellency President stated in the third GEGG-Forum that Myanmar firmly believes that the green economy contributes to eradicating poverty as well as to sustained economic growth, enhancing social inclusion, improving human welfare and creating opportunities for employment and decent work for all, while maintaining the healthy functioning of the Earth’s Ecosystems.

In this context, we have to keep in mind that creating an inclusive green economy where gains and benefits are equitably shared among the population should be at the center of the green economy approach in our country. At this juncture, I sincerely hope for Myanmar to become a role model in policy-making and development planning, by applying a green economy approach which could be an effective solution to reduce the adverse impact on ecological system and environmental risk and hazard as well as climate change while being sustainable economic and social development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Discussions in the Forum included three Thematic Topics, “Green Productivity Improvement”, “Green, Resilient, Smart Built Systems” and “Responsible and Sustainable Tourism”.

The first Topic dealt with the sectors of agriculture, livestock and fisheries, particularly, to scale up and add value for rural development. Likewise, ‘Green Transport Infrastructures for Sustainability and Resiliency’ as well as the ‘Improvement of Agricultural Productivity for Sustainable Natural Resources, Social and Economic Development’ were also highlighted in the discussions, with the assistance of the lessons learnt from the Mekong River Basin to the Ayeyarwady River Basin.

I am very pleased to inform that we have agreed with WWF to collaborate for the formulation of the Green Economy Policy and Strategic Framework which will be guiding document to mainstream into the National and Sectoral Planning.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We also discussed the importance of capacity building for climate change-related financial mechanisms, affordable renewable energy and electricity for Myanmar rural areas, and renewable and resilient energy, electricity, storage and Mezzo Grid for rural development’, respectively.

One of the sessions highlighted on ‘Responsible and Sustainable Tourism’ focused on the comprehensive Master Plan to develop sustainable and responsible tourism in the country in which our speakers discussed how the Master Plan achieves green economy green growth goals and how it promotes private and public sector cooperation.

In fact, not only Thematic Topics and the following subject titles were interesting, but also the contents of the discussions were really inspiring for the realization of green economy green growth in Myanmar with much confidence for our nationals. In this context, Myanmar’s green development effort in different sectors, particularly Agriculture, Infrastructure and Tourism are the crucial sectors to promote our national economic development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am assured that the discussions, suggestions and recommendations rendered to this Forum within two days are feasible, realistic and appropriate for the economic development of Myanmar at the least cost of environmental and social impacts. I do believe that we must seek our path to the sustainable development in strong collaboration with development partners, donor agencies, regional and international organizations and all the nations over the world, in the light of “Green Economy Green Growth”.

In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere thanks to GEGG-Myanmar for organizing this great event. Again, I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Norway, Japan and respective institutions for their financial support and to the participants from the line ministries and various organizations for their active participation.

Finally, great thanks are due to the Honorable Speakers for their accumulated knowledge and experiences shared to us in this Forum. I wish you every success in Mandalay for the next two days, and a memorable period of your remaining stay in Myanmar, as well.

Thank You