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SPECTRUM proudly participate in World Environment Day 2019

There was no denying that environmental issues were affecting the entire world, including Myanmar. Many of these were not exclusive to any country, and “air pollution” was one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. To highlight this issue, the theme of World Environment Day this year, 2019 was “Beat Air Pollution”.

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World environment day 2019 was celebrated in Myanmar Convention Center 2, Nay Pyi Taw at 5th June 2019 and Spectrum proudly participated in the event.

President U win Myint said “when we think about air pollution’s impacts, it was needed to consider Indoor Air Pollution and Outdoor Air Pollution. According to UN Environment research, about 4.3 million people die every year from respiratory diseases caused by Indoor Air Pollution. The major source of Indoor Air Pollution was burning of wood, charcoal and other fossil fuels for cooking. Moreover, Outdoor Air Pollution can be caused by the emiss.06ions from Industry, Energy, Transport and Agriculture sectors as well as by forest fire, sand and dust storms. Annually, about 3.7 million people suffered from Outdoor Air Pollution around the world. Globally, South-east Asia and the West Pacific were the most affected areas, especially to the children and women.”

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Myanmar is investing in renewable energy sources for electricity generation, such as solar, wind and hydropower, minimizing and effectively disposing of waste rather than uncontrolled incineration, matching technologies to emission standards and supporting villages by providing clean fuel stoves can significantly reduce air pollution.

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In conclusion, the President said he wished to urge Myanmar citizens, including all those present, to participate for the current and future sustainable development of Myanmar by changing daily lifestyles in order to support environmental conservation. He added that he would also like to urge again to beat air pollution as an important part of Myanmar’s sustainable development to benefit Myanmar society as a whole.
Afterwards, Resident Coordinator of the UN Mr. Peter Batchelor read the message from the UN Secretary-General.

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Spectrum displayed Environmental cartoon books, Energy briefers, Environmental Education Posters and new LPG project briefers. Thet Zaw Htwe, Energy and Green Growth Advisor from Spectrum said “it was a great opportunity to showcase to the country’s highest level officials Spectrum’s various works in environment and natural resources sector, especiall the current and ambitious LPG supply chain facilitation project for IDP Camps in Kachin State. We also observed what other organizations and departments are working in the similar sectors and generated a number of interesting discussions on how best to combine efforts for the betterment of Myanmar State of the Environment”

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The Myanmar National Environmental Policy and Myanmar National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Master Plan (2018-2030) were declared with the approval of the Union Government meeting No. 22/2018 and 4/2019. Afterwards, the President presented awards to winners of the article and essay competitions, school cleaning activities and video clip competitions held to mark the World Environment Day for 2019.

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