Vice President U Henry Van Thio discusses natural disasters, climate change

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Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14

Vice president U Henry Van Thio, chairman of natural disaster management committee, addressed the opening ceremony of a workshop on cooperation among high-ranking officials for dealing with climate change in carrying out tasks of lessening the losses and damages in natural disasters, held at the Myanmar International Convention Center 2 in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday morning.

“There increased occurrences of natural disasters with greater destructive impacts. Remarkably great destructions and unremarkable ones can be found.

The consequences of climate change and the destructive powers of natural disasters can cause physical and mental damage.

Likewise, provision of international aid will come to the tasks of rehabilitation. The above said help and aid will provide better support for the public, but there also may emerge situations in which safety and security in respective sectors should be included for consideration.

“With global warming, evil effects of natural disasters related to climate change are threatening the safety of our planet, hence the emergence of co-operative finding of solutions among international communities for lessening the damages. In addition, Myanmar is actively taking part in international cooperation, and finding ways in respective sectors of the country. Myanmar has signed the Paris Agreement, which is globally agreed upon, concurrently implemented by laying down national-level tactics and policies.”

“As regards tasks on the management of natural disasters, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction — UNISDR — is leading the activities while Myanmar is taking part in the framework and working process. And Myanmar signed Sendai Framework, ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response —AADMER. In addition, Myanmar is implementing the Myanmar Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction — MAPDRR. Now we are suffering the consequences of climate change, and it cannot be avoided. We are performing Climate Change Adaptation.”

Afterward, the vice chairman of the committee, Dr Win Mat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, made an opening address, followed by Union Ministers Dr Aung Thu, U Ohn Win and UNDP’s resident representative Ms Renata Dessallien.

Then Vice President posed for the documentary photo with Union Ministers, Chairmen of Hluttaw Affairs Committees, scholars and invited guests.

The workshop will be held at Royal Nay Pyi Taw Hotel, in Nay Pyi Taw until December 15.