VP U Henry Van Thio addresses UN special session on water and natural disasters

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivered a speech yesterday in New York City at the 3rd UN Special Thematic Session of Water and Disasters, pledging that Myanmar would focus on people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership towards an inclusive and robust  development path to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


“Myanmar has been playing an active role in regional and international arenas not only for water-related development but also for water-related disaster management,” said the Vice President.


Myanmar suffers from many water-related disasters such as storms and floods every two or three years.


The country also faced flash floods and landslides in several states in regions across the country in 2015.


In his speech, U Henry Van Thio announced that the government of Myanmar was going to host the 3rd Pacific Water Summit from 11 to 12 December in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Water Forum-APWF.


The outcome of the Summit would be put forward to the 8th World Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internationally agreed-upon agendas.


He also endorsed the UN Resolution on international Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018- 2028”, which recommends further steps towards the achievement of sustainable development and integrated water resource management.


Meanwhile, Myanmar has joined the World Bank’s South East Asia Disaster Risk Management Project for financing resilience and disaster risk insurance.


In collaboration with the World Bank, the Netherlands and Australia, Myanmar has launched a water resources panel to find development and research partners as well as financial and technical assistance to enhance its networking relationship in the water sector.