Union Minister U Ohn Win attends 8th World Water Forum in Brazil


Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar

Date: 26 March 2018

​Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Conservation U Ohn Win attended the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, which was held from 19 to 22 March.

The forum began on 19 March at Ulysses Guimaraes Convention Centre. President of World Water Council Prof. Benedito Braga and Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme Erik Solheim delivered the opening speeches.

In the afternoon, the state-level opening ceremony was held under the leadership of the president of Brazil at the Itamaraty Palace. Following this, a high-level panel session on water and disasters was held, where Union Minister U Ohn Win discussed integrated water resources management to preserve and secure water resources, along with a combination of disaster risk reduction and water supply, sanitation and hygiene methods to reduce water-based disasters. He also mentioned Myanmar's agenda to cooperate with other countries in the water sector.

Later, the Union Minister took part in a ministerial roundtable meeting on water for sustainable development. A delegation led by the Union Minister attended the second-day meeting, and read out the country's statement. The Union Minister then delivered an address at the citizen process session on achieving water security. Further, the Union Minister attended a high-level session on integrated water resource management, and then attended a dinner hosted by the Australian embassy.

On 21 March, the union minister attended a meeting to upscale innovation for a water-secure Asia-Pacific and the synthesis of the Asia-Pacific regional process, as well as a follow-up session of the Asia-Pacific Water Summit held in Myanmar in December 2017.

On 22 March, the union minister also attended a forum titled "Women – Perspectives and Challenges".

An exhibition of water products was held at the National Mane Garrincha Stadium and was attended by 35 countries. At the 8th World Water Forum, the delegation led by the Union Minister held informal talks with delegations from Japan and Tajikistan.—Myanmar News Agency

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