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  • Sep 3, 2018

    The United Nations has consistently called for the release of the Reuters journalists

    A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. We are disappointed by today’s court decision. The United Nations has consistently called for the release of the Reuters journalists and urged the authorities to respect their right to pursue freedom of expression and information. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo should be allowed to return to their families and continue their work as journalists. END

  • Aug 31, 2018

    Seventy-five (75) children and young people released by the Myanmar Armed Forces

    YANGON, 31 August 2018 – Today, the Government of Myanmar released 75 children and young people who were recruited and used by the Armed Forces (also known as ‘Tatmadaw’). This is the first discharge to take place in 2018, and it underlines the importance of protecting children in the context of armed conflict and within the peace process. Since June 2012, when the Myanmar government signed a Joint Action Plan with the United Nations to prevent recruitment and use of children in the Tatmadaw, 924 children and young people have been released. The co-chairs of the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) on Grave Violations against Children: Knut Ostby, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and June Kunugi, UNICEF Representative, welcome this latest discharge as ‘one more positive development in the Government’s effort to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children within the Tatmadaw’.

  • Aug 23, 2018

    Results achieved in Rakhine by the UN over the past twelve months

    WFP- From January to June 2018, WFP reached approximately 190,000 beneficiaries in central Rakhine and 142,000 beneficiaries in northern Rakhine, through emergency relief, nutrition programmes, community asset creation and school feeding. UNICEF UNICEF supported the provision of improved access to learning for more than 32,000 children across Rakhine through the construction and rehabilitation of 44 schools over the last 12 months. Because education can’t wait, UNICEF supported 14,000 children in IDP camps and crisis-affected villages in Rakhine to have continued access to essential education services provided in temporary learning classrooms and non-formal education centers.

  • Aug 17, 2018

    Zero tolerance: Message from the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ai to UN staff in Myanmar on preventing and addressing sexual harassment and abuse

    Dear Colleagues, Preventing and addressing sexual harassment and abuse of authority is a priority for the UN. All UN agencies have the duty to take all appropriate measures towards ensuring a harmonious work environment, and to protect their staff from exposure to any form of intimidation, pressure and prohibited conduct. Managers and supervisors have the obligation to ensure that complaints of prohibited conduct are promptly addressed in a fair and impartial manner. I encourage you to kindly ensure that the following actions are taken in order to strengthen an internal system enabling complaints to be raised and dealt with fairly and confidentially: • All UN staff to complete the mandatory online training programme on prevention of harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority in the workplace (as promulgated under ST/SGB/2005/20) in order to raise awareness of roles and responsibilities for creating and maintaining a workplace free of harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority.

  • Aug 17, 2018

    Zero tolerance: Table of UN links for reporting sexual harassment and abuse

    Table of UN links for reporting sexual harassment and abuse of authority in the workplace UN 24/7 helpline for sexual harassment* +1 (917) 367-8910 or email speakup@un.org Office of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)* https://unvoiosctxwi.unvienna.org/OIOSIDWDR/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 FAO investigations-hotline@fao.org Email: Ethics-Office@fao.org Phone 1: +39 06 57054151 Phone 2: +39 06 57053956 ILO Email: ETHICS@ilo.org IOM https://www.iom.int/ethics-and-conduct-office Email: Ethics&ConductOffice@iom.int UNAIDS https://unvoiosctxwi.unvienna.org/OIOSIDWDR/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 UNDP, UNV http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/accountability/audit/office-of-audit-and-investigation.html#report UNESCO https://secure.unesco.org/survey/index.php?sid=48128&lang=en Email: ethics@unesco.org

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Opening remarks by UNRC/HC Knut Ostby at Strengthening UN participating to the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State to implement the Recommendations

    Speech by Knut Ostby, UNRC/HC Monday 13 August 2018 Your excellency, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, U Win Myat Aye, Dignitaries, Distinguished Participants, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for joining us today at this important workshop on the implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations. Our dialogue and cooperation will be crucial for making further progress towards the vision of what the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s final report title terms as a “Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine”. Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the Government of the Union of Myanmar for leading the implementation of the Commission’s Recommendations. I know that this is also inspired by the Rakhine Socio-Economic Development Plan, which was also completed in draft form in 2017. The State Counsellor’s Office issued a statement on 24 August 2017, announcing that the Government “will give the report our full consideration with a view to carrying out the recommendations to the fullest extent, and within the shortest timeframe possible, in line with the situation on the ground.”

  • Aug 8, 2018

    UNHCR and UNDP urge tangible progress to improve conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

    Two months since the signing of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNHCR, UNDP, and the Government of Myanmar, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNDP, the UN’s development agency, are both urging Myanmar authorities to make tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine State. The Myanmar government’s willingness to take the lead in the implementation of this agreement is critical to creating conditions conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees. The government has taken some encouraging steps since the MoU was signed on 6 June, including the formation of a tripartite Technical Working Group to support the implementation of the MoU; enabling an important visit by senior UNHCR and UNDP officials to the northern part of Rakhine State in early July; and facilitating an initial joint field visit to Rakhine State by the Technical Working Group mid-July. However, substantial progress is urgently needed in three key areas covered by the MoU: granting effective access in Rakhine State; ensuring freedom of movement for all communities; and addressing the root causes of the crisis.

  • Jul 29, 2018

    Note to Correspondents

    The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby is following with great concern the flooding and extensive devastation caused by heavy rains in Bago, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing and other States. His thoughts are with all those families whose lives have been impacted and is alarmed by the destruction of property, infrastructure and agricultural land.