In February 2020, UNDP through the Joint UNDP-UN Environment Programme on Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals’ (PEA) funded Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP) supported the 6th Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) Forum organized by Green Economy Green Growth Association in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of the Forum was Green Investments and Development- Now: Holistic, Integrated, Sustainable, Resilient, Inclusive, Equitable, Smart Growth to Spur Innovations and Inventions. It was attended by over 600 participants from Myanmar and abroad, 57 speakers of which 27 were international experts.
UNDP participated as expert speakers in two of the thematic sessions during 4-5 February event in Nay Pyi Taw. Speaking at the session on Transformational Policies and Strategies Provisional Framework Accelerating Green Transition: Challenges and Opportunities, Mr. Gordon Johnson, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. reiterated the interdependence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and underscored the importance of multi-sectoral and a well-coordinated actions for addressing challenges and opportunities for accelerating transformative green paradigm. He reinforced UNDP’s commitment to support the Government of Myanmar’s Environmental Conservation Department to promote Green Investments with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration in line with global and regional good practices on expansion of investment promotion categories to include environmental goods and services.
Mr. Singay Dorji, Chief Technical Advisor a.i, GRSP presented the presentation on “Bioprospecting: an Innovative Financing Opportunity for Conservation and Sustainable Development” for the session on Green Investment and Development- Now. He spoke about Myanmar’s rich biodiversity and the opportunities presented by regulated bioprospecting for ensuring ‘fair and equitable sharing of benefits from use of genetic resources’ while realizing the country’s priorities for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
As part of the Forum, UNDP also supported the Environmental Conservation Department to launch The National Waste Management Strategy and Master Plan in Nay Pyi Taw. Given the high-level participation of the stakeholders at the event, PEA and GRSP was successfully able to reach out to more than 1,000 persons in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
More information on the Forum can be accessed here: http://geggmyanmar.org/final-agenda-25-feb-2020/