The President of the Union of Myanmar, His Excellency Mr. U Htin Kyaw, addressed six-hundred participants, including the Media, today at the ceremony for the World Environment Day 2016 held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The event was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) in cooperation with UNEP and MCCA, with also support from UNDP and the Asian Development Bank. In addition, Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Parliamentarians, the Mayors of Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, and representatives of UN Agency representatives and NGOs participated in both ceremony and the seminar that followed.
With the 2016 theme is “Go Wild for Life: Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade” the event engaged participants and Media to raise awareness on illegal wildlife trade. H.E. the President stated that “whoever we are, and wherever we live, we have to show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed” and recalled the audience the efforts made by Myanmar to combat Illegal Wildlife Trade, as well as several other important policy actions, such as the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plans, formulated by MCCA.
MCCA co-organized the event, linking the observed and projected effects of climate change onto the development process of Myanmar and its resources, including the biodiversity and was proud to show H.E. the President, H.E. the Minister of MoNREC, Mr U Ohn Win, and other high-level policy-makers the progress made so far by the MCCA during the visit to the exhibition.
H.E. the Minister also attended the whole one-day seminar that followed the ceremony, organized by the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) of MoNREC and MCCA to take stock of the on-going policy and practical work to combat climate change in Myanmar; protect and conserve environment; and combat wildlife. ECD, WWF, MCCA, UNDP and the Forestry Department of MoNREC presented the on-going efforts, to a large audience and engaged in discussions. UNICEF also participated with the Youth Group refreshing performance on combating illegal wildlife trade. The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of MCCA, Mr. Pasquale Capizzi, presented the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy & Action Plans (MCCSAP) formulated by MCCA and due for validation on next 10 June 2016.