MPs approve Paris climate agreement

Soe Min Htaik + Nyein Zaw Lin + Myo Min Htet
Parliamentarians in Nay Pyi Taw on July 14. (Photo-Myo Min Htet)

Parliament has approved the government’s plan to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change as a member on July 14.
MPs also approved the proposal for Myanmar to become a member of the Doha Amendment which is the second pledge of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.
After signing the Paris Agreement, Myanmar will receive financial assistance to carry out the implementation of nationally determined contributions and preventive measures against climate changes. Myanmar will obtain technical assistance and opportunities of capacity building from international organisations such as the Green Climate Fund, Global Conservation Fund, developed countries and partner bodies.
MPs voted to join the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and to pay fees annually.
Ohn Win, minister for natural resources and environmental conservation, said: “When Myanmar joins the IUCN, it can enjoy more opportunities of participating in the international seminars on environment and biodiversity. We can get benefits for the country in preserving national resources by joining the IUCN."
Maung Maung Win, deputy minister for planning and finance, said: “The ministry has to prepare its budget for paying annual registration fees to the IUCN. The budget for 2017-18 has not yet been agreed.”