Communiqué de presse

Convergences rassemble des acteurs de tous les secteurs

pour un développement durable en birmanie

Paris 10 mars 2017 – La première édition du Forum Mondial Convergences à l’international “Strengthening cooperation towards sustainable development in Myanmar” s’est tenue à Rangoun en Birmanie le 10 mars 2017.

Ce projet de Forum Convergences en Birmanie trouve son origine dans la participation de l’Ambassade de France en Birmanie à la 9e édition du Forum Mondial Convergences en Septembre 2016 à Paris, où elle avait co-organisé une conférence intitulée « Transition birmane : émergence de nouveaux acteurs ». Avec la modération du Directeur de l’Institut français à Rangoun, M. Charles Bonhomme, et la participation de l’Ambassadeur de France en Birmanie M.Olivier Richard, plusieurs représentants de la société civile birmane étaient intervenus.

La délégation birmane venue à Paris ayant été particulièrement enthousiasmée par le Forum, elle a souhaité organiser un évènement similaire en Birmanie. C’est ainsi que Convergences a commencé à préparer ce Forum Convergences en Birmanie, avec le soutien du Ministère des Affaires étrangères, et de l’Ambassade de France en Birmanie.

En organisant cet évènement, Convergences visait à rassembler à grande échelle pour partager des idées, plaider pour des alternatives économiques, et mettre en place des plans d’action novateurs afin de co-construire une Birmanie « Zéro Exclusion, Zéro Carbone, Zéro Pauvreté » et ainsi contribuer à la réalisation des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD).

Ce sont donc plus de 250 experts et professionnels des secteurs public, privé, académique et de la société civile qui se sont rassemblés à Rangoun ce 10 mars. Ensemble, ils se sont attaqués aux défis du développement en Birmanie et ont identifié des solutions concrètes pour parvenir  à l’objectif « Zéro Exclusion, Zéro Carbone, Zéro Pauvreté » dans le pays. Avec pour but de renforcer la coopération pour le développement durable, le Forum Convergences Birmanie a permis de renforcer le dialogue et la co-construction entre les acteurs impliqués pour une économie plus inclusive et plus responsable.

Le Forum a aussi été l’occasion pour l’ONG française ACTED de lancer une Alliance Mondiale pour un monde « Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbone, Zero Pauvreté » (3Zero Global Alliance). Frédéric Roussel, fondateur et directeur du développement de l’ONG ACTED et président de Convergences, a défendu la vision d’un monde 3Zéro, enjoignant citoyens et organisations à penser et agir ensemble pour répondre à la responsabilité partagée de contribuer à un monde sans exclusion, carbone et pauvreté.


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A propos de Convergences

Lancée en 2008, Convergences est une plateforme de réflexion, de mobilisation et de plaidoyer. Convergences promeut les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) et la lutte contre la pauvreté, l’exclusion et les changements climatiques dans les pays développés comme dans les pays en développement. Composée de plus de 240 organisations partenaires issues de tous les secteurs, l’Association agit pour  susciter la réflexion et l’action, diffuser des bonnes pratiques et favoriser la co-construction de partenariats innovants à fort impact sociétal.


Annexe – Liste des solutions pour parvenir à l’objectif “Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbone, Zero Pauvreté” mises en avant pendant le Forum


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