August 20, 2016

Amitav Ghosh delivers lecture at U Thant House

4M2A9511 72WORLD-RENOWNED writer Amitav Ghosh delivered the 2016 U Thant Commemorative Lecture at U Thant House today.
The lecture was titled “Climate Change and a Rising Asia”.  The lecture examined Asia’s distinctive role in the history of global warming and the bearing this has on today’s politics of climate change.
The commemorative lecture was held to mark the anniversary of the birth of former UN Secretary-General U Thant, who was born on 22 January.
Dr Thant Myint-U, co-chairman of the U Thant House Trust and grandson of the former secretary general, gave introductory remarks on the life and legacy of U Thant.
The event was held at U Thant’s former home in the Windermere neighborhood of Yangon. The house has been restored over the past three years and now functions as a museum. The lecture was attended by over 120 people, including NLD Patron U Tin Oo.
Amitav Ghosh is the best-selling author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, including “The Glass Palace”, which is partly set in Myanmar.
Dr Thant Myint-U said: “I think it was very fitting that we had a discussion today at the U Thant House on climate change.  U Thant was a passionate believer in and early advocate of environmental protection.”
“We hope U Thant House will continue to be not just a museum, but also a venue for talks on issues related to U Thant’s life and legacy, such as peace, human rights, sustainable development and climate change,” Dr Thant Myint-U said.—GNLM


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