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Working Together for Plastic Free Future on World Environment Day

Spectrum was very proud for having fully participation of three consecutive years in the commemoration ceremony of World Environment Day.

The event was held at Thingaha Hotel, Nay Pyi Daw on June 5, 2018. Spectrum team participated in the event with a display booth on some of Spectrum’s key focus areas, environmental activities and publications.

With the attendance of the President U Win Myint, three ministers (Ministry of Natural Resource and Evironmental Conservation,Ministry of Information and Ministry of Electricity and Energy), estimated 400 audiences from the Government, UN partners, Media, Local NGO, International NGO and Academia participated in this great event.

This year theme of World Environment Day is to beat Plastic Pollution which is threatening the world in alarming rate. According to the UN Environment research for plastic pollution, some 500 billion plastic bags are being used every year globally, of which 50 per cent are single-use plastic bags. Some 10 per cent of all the waste disposed of each day is plastic waste, while 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the sea annually.

In his opening message, the President U Win Myint highlighted the need of policy changes to ensure systematic waste management in Myanmar. He said, “We need policy changes in order to adopt good practices that help reduce the use of single-use plastic, encourage the use of alternative products and materials and discourage littering." The President encouraged its people for using recycled waste products and to take individual responsibility for reducing plastic pollution.

The event showed the video message of UN Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres. In his message, he has urged people like this, “On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world.”

Myanmar celebrates World Environment Day yearly since 2016. Ministry of Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation organized the event in cooperation with MCCA, UNDP, UNHABITAT, UNIDO and Norwegian Environment Agency.
As a chance to talk with President U Win Myint at Spectrum display booth, Communications Coordinator Daw Thit Thit Han explained him about Spectrum working area, environmental awareness project, energy, budget transparency projects that Spectrum currently engaged in. And as a memory of the event, she gave President and ministers Spectrum’s research paper package; Developing a renewable energy policy for Myanmar, Household lighting and children’s education, Switching from candle to solar energy for lighting, Elements of a national Clean Cooking Strategy for Myanmar and Women and clean cook stoves.

And Spectrum showcased two posters that focus on spectrum working area and displayed environmental awareness book series that cover themes of sustainability, biodiversity, resource management, climate change, pollution and conservation. Nearly 500 students from government schools visited the booth during the event.

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