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  • Nov 14, 2018

    A message from UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i Knut Ostby encouraging everyone of us to participate at UN survey on sexual harassment in the workplace

    Dear colleagues, please see below a message from the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres encouraging everyone of us to participate at a survey on sexual harassment in the workplace: SafeSpaceSurvey2018.deloitte.com. Addressing sexual harassment in the workplace is one of my key management priorities. Harassment and bullying are just one aspect of the longstanding power imbalances that have deep roots and affect every area of our lives, including here at the United Nations. From the outset of my tenure, I have taken steps to boost support for victims, to enhance the protection of whistleblowers and to improve reporting and investigation of allegations of harassment and other abuses. Among other measures, we have supported the establishment of a specialized investigations team within the Office of Internal Oversight Services; fast-tracked and streamlined procedures for making complaints; launched a database to prevent rehiring those disciplined for sexual harassment; and created the Speak-Up Helpline, which provides 24/7 guidance: +1 917-367-8910 or speakup@un.org.

  • Nov 9, 2018

    Remarks by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i Knut Ostby on UNDP-OoredoO signing Ceremony

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues, Member of the Media, Friends, It is great to see you here today. Thank you for joining us. We are all here because we want to help Myanmar end poverty in all its forms. We want to help build a prosperous, democratic and peaceful Myanmar. We have to be ambitious. We have to work together. The time is now. Myanmar is a young country. More than half of the population are under the age of 30. This is an opportunity. With 6.4 percent growth, Myanmar is still one of the fastest growing economies in the region. The young people entering the labor market will thrive with access to training, tools and role models. I therefore welcome the agreement that UNDP and Ooredoo are signing today. Under this two-year partnership, they will engage with the youth, and provide technology as a platform for social innovation and new business ideas.

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Remarks by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i Knut Ostby on 2018 UN Day celebration

    Your Excellency State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Dignitaries, Distinguished Guests, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, First allow me to express my appreciation to Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her gracious remarks on the annual celebration of the UN Day. The United Nations and Myanmar have a shared past and a common future. Our partnership dates back 70 years as Myanmar joined the UN a few months after she gained her independence in 1948. Since then, Myanmar has played an active role in the work of the UN, and the UN also has remained actively engaged in supporting the development of Myanmar. Notably, Myanmar gave the UN its son, U Thant, to lead the organization as Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971. He helped to turn the UN into what it is today. For example, it was under U Thant’s leadership that UNDP, as it is today, was founded in the mid-1960s.

  • Oct 22, 2018

    Statement Attributable to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar

    The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener, undertook her third visit to Myanmar from 10 to 20 October where she held consultations with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, other government and military leaders, ethnic armed organizations, local and religious leaders, NGOs, UN agencies and the diplomatic community. “Accountability is one of two important pillars for national reconciliation, the other is inclusive dialogue,” she said repeatedly. “Credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability.” In Rakhine and Kachin states, the SESG also engaged with local civilian and military authorities, and directly with the affected populations, in particular women.

  • Oct 9, 2018

    MESSAGE TO STAFF: UN events on Myanmar and the way forward

    Dear colleagues, I’m writing after the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council and recent UN Security Council meetings on Myanmar, to share important reports, to recap our priorities, and reflect upon some key areas of work in relation to the UN’s peace, development and human rights agenda. MYANMAR ON INTERNATIONAL AGENDA Myanmar featured prominently in the above mentioned global meetings. The international community raised serious concerns over the atrocities in Rakhine State, and the ongoing conflicts in Kachin and Shan States. Within these summits, world leaders held a series of meetings in which the Government, the UN, civil society and Member States discussed their positions, particularly on sustainable solutions for Rakhine State, repatriation, accountability and humanitarian access.

  • Oct 5, 2018

    UNHCR and UNDP complete first assessments in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine

    UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNDP, the UN development agency, carried out in September initial assessments in 23 villages and three village tracts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. It had been more than a year since UNHCR had been able to engage with affected communities in the northern areas of Rakhine State, following the flight of more than 720,000 Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh in 2017. In the course of these initial assessments in Rakhine UNHCR and UNDP noted the efforts of authorities to facilitate these first steps, though they were limited in scope and in the locations visited. While they do not allow for broader conclusions, the field visits have given UNHCR and UNDP an initial understanding of the challenges facing those living there. Our teams assessed immediate community needs and priorities for our short-term actions. The rapid assessments also help to identify community initiatives that could support Government’s efforts to improve the lives of all affected populations, build trust and promote social cohesion among all communities.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Note to correspondents

    Collective Statement of the Members of the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in United Nations Operations 1. As Members of the Circle of Leadership, we join the United Nations Secretary-General in issuing this Collective Statement to reaffirm our continued personal commitment as global leaders to support efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse across the United Nations system; 2. We recognize the unique responsibility of the United Nations to set the standard for preventing, responding to, and eradicating sexual exploitation and abuse within the United Nations system, address its impact effectively and humanely, and safeguard and empower victims; 3. We recognize th

  • 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