• Jun 4, 2019

    List of all 171 UN Statements on Rakhine crisis from 25 August 2017*

    28 May: UNHCR and UNDP published a statement announcing a one-year extension of the tripartite MoU with the Government. “All parties reaffirmed their full commitment to the timely and effective implementation of the MoU.” 28 May: UNICEF Myanmar issued a statement expressing concern over reports of two children killed and two injured in Rakhine between January and April. “UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of children caught up in conflict, and to uphold their right to protection from all forms of violence at all times.”

  • May 17, 2019

    Message on the 2019 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    The United Nations in Myanmar is proud to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by flying the rainbow flag in support of diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI). This day marks the decision of the World Health Organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990. We have seen encouraging progress worldwide, but LGBTI people still experience discrimination and stigma in many countries, including in Myanmar.

  • May 7, 2019

    Note to Correspondents

    The UN in Myanmar welcomes the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from prison. The UN in Myanmar considers the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo a step toward improving the freedom of the press and a sign of Government’s commitment to Myanmar’s transition to democracy. The UN stands ready to continue to support Myanmar in its complex transition process. Yangon, 7 May 2019 Media contact: Stanislav Saling, Spokesperson, Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, or +95-942 651 9871.

  • May 6, 2019

    Note to Correspondents

    Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby is following with concern recent reports of escalation of violence and civilian casualties in Rakhine State. Mr. Ostby calls for calm and utmost restraint by all, protection of civilians in all circumstances, and respect for international humanitarian and human rights law. The UN stands ready to support authorities in strengthening their prevention and conflict resolution capacities, and to continue with provision of humanitarian aid.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Note to Correspondents

    Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby welcomes the announcement by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services of a ceasefire extension from 1 May to 30 June 2019. Mr. Ostby expresses hope that the ceasefire extension will further strengthen the prospects for Myanmar’s peace process. The UN in Myanmar is prepared to work with the relevant parties on providing urgent humanitarian assistance to all people in need in the affected areas. Mr. Ostby also calls on all parties to protect civilians and uphold their responsibilities under International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. The UN reaffirms its deep commitment to continue supporting the Myanmar peace process and humanitarian operations. Yangon, 1 May 2019

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Note to Correspondents

    Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life at a mining site in Hpakant Township in Kachin State. Mr. Ostby extends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured speedy recovery. Mr. Ostby calls for urgent action towards implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health law, particularly in high risk sectors such as mining. The UN in Myanmar through the International Labour Organization is committed to continue to support the country in putting in place measures aiming to improve occupational safety and health for all.

  • Apr 12, 2019


    Dear friends and colleagues, I’m writing to wish you Happy Thingyan and auspicious entrance to Myanmar Era 1381. We have had a challenging year, but we managed to keep the focus on our objectives: • Maintain the momentum for the country’s peace, economic and democratic transitions for the benefit of all people; • Save lives by gaining greater humanitarian access; • Support sustainable solutions for Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States; and, • Engage in human rights advocacy.

  • Apr 9, 2019

    Opening Remarks by Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby Third Workshop on the National Strategy on Closure of IDP camps

    Your Excellency Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Professor Walter Kälin, Distinguished Participants, Colleagues, Friends, Thank you for holding the important Third Workshop on durable solutions for IDPs and the National Strategy on Closure of IDP camps. Allow me please to open with commending you for the draft National Strategy which is taking a shape of a guiding document for actions that will help design and implement durable solutions for the IDPs in Myanmar. I would especially like to recognize the contribution of His Excellency Union Minister Win Myat Aye for his leadership in drafting the Strategy. We welcome the engagement of various stakeholders, including the United Nations, international NGOs, Embassies, as well as national civil society. Each of us can support the Government in developing and realizing durable solutions for the IDPs in our respective mandates and areas of expertise. Turning now to the draft National Strategy: We welcome the strategy’s objectives to restore normal lives for the IDPs, in safety, dignity, with rights and access to services, such as education, health, and livelihood.