26 April 2017 – The Myanmar National Climate Change Policy was validated on 26 April 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw at the historic workshop high level national and state/region level authorities of Myanmar, in session with City Development Councils, the University, the Civil Society, the Private Sector and the Development partners. The workshop was organized by MCCA, funded by European Union and implemented by UN-Habitat and UN Environment. H.E. the Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation opened the workshop, and Honourable Ministers from most of the State/Regions attended the workshop for its entire duration, participating in the debate.
The MNCCP is designed to ensure Myanmar takes concrete, coordinated and sustained action over the long-term to transform itself into a climate-resilient, low-carbon society that is sustainable, prosperous and inclusive, for the wellbeing of present and future generations.
In order to implement the Policy, the country has also formulated the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan to be implemented over the period of 2016-2030. The MCCSAP includes very detailed strategic sectoral action plans, with priorities in six areas, which are described here.
H.E. the Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) stated that “Climate change is a major challenge to development in Myanmar” and that the Policy and the Strategy are essential instruments to address this challenge.
“UN-Habitat and UN Environment are privileged implementing partners throughout this impressive process, through the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) and thanks to the generous support of the European Union” said Bijay Karmacharya, the Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat in Myanmar.
Mr. Pasquale Capizzi, Chief Technical Advisor of the MCCA said that “climate change is indeed happening in the country, and inducing migration within the country and abroad: the policy and the strategy have been developed participatorily to address these unprecedented challenges”.
Both Policy and Strategy will be now submitted to the Cabinet for official adoption and are expected to be launched in June 2017.