Sep 4, 2019
Statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ai, June Kunugi, on the situation in northern Shan State
Yangon, 4 September 2019 - I am gravely concerned by the recent sharp escalation of conflict in northern Shan State, where, since mid-August, a reported 17 civilians have been killed and 27 more injured, many of them women and children. Road travel in the area is now unsafe and infrastructure has been damaged, and many people remain trapped in their villages, afraid to leave as the conflict intensifies around them.
Aug 26, 2019
Farewell message of UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i Mr. Knut Ostby
As you are reading this, my tenure in Myanmar has come to an end after nearly two years. I would like to thank you for your commitment to UN values and hard work. I have visited many projects across Myanmar, and I have always been impressed by your passion for UN’s mission and your professionalism. This was strongly reflected in the appreciation of your work by the people and communities we serve. I encourage you to continue to maintain the highest standards of service and focus on results for our beneficiaries. This is how we create value to Myanmar and the international community.
Aug 19, 2019
Statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i., Knut Ostby on the World Humanitarian Day 2019
Today we mark World Humanitarian Day, an annual event that honours humanitarian workers, who often risk their own lives to help save and improve the lives of others caught up in crisis.
This year we pay special tribute to the women who make up an estimated 40 per cent of the global humanitarian work force, providing food, water, healthcare and other essentials to those in greatest need, whether because of natural disasters or armed conflict.
Myanmar is a country with endless potential, undergoing rapid change, which continues to grapple with complex humanitarian challenges. It is among the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with climate change expected to contribute to even more frequent cyclones and more destructive flooding, and with major cities along earthquake fault lines.
Jul 19, 2019
Communication to the press after the official visit of the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General on Myanmar, Christine Schraner- Burgener, to Myanmar from 09.-18.07.2019
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar travelled to the country from 9 to 18 July. In Yangon, she met with representatives of civil society, think-tanks, eminent personalities and INGOs, the UN country team and the diplomatic corps. She also met with religious leaders, members of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance and Development (UEHRD) and members of the former Rakhine Advisory Commission.
In Rakhine she travelled to Myebon and to Sittwe and visited IDP camps from both Rakhine and Muslim communities, as well as resettled Rakhine persons. She met with the representatives of civil society, political parties and members of parliament and the Rakhine State government. She also had discussions with the INGOs and with representatives of the resident UN agencies in Sittwe.
Jul 11, 2019
Remarks by Mr. Knut Ostby, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar On the Occasion of the Commemoration of the World Population Day 2019
Good morning and Mingalabar!
It is with great pleasure and honour that I join you today to commemorate the occasion of the World Population Day for 2019, under a very important theme: 25 Years of the ICPD: Accelerating the Promise. 25 years ago, in September of 1994, Myanmar joined a global revolution that started in Cairo, Egypt, when 179 world leaders convened at the International Conference on Population and Development, the ICPD, and recognised that individuals have a human right to make free and responsible reproductive choices. At that conference, the global leaders endorsed a global programme of action that linked women’s empowerment, rights and sexual and reproductive health to sustainable development.
Jul 11, 2019
The Secretary-General's Message on World Population Day- 2019
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.
While the world’s population overall continues to increase, this growth is uneven. For many of the world’s least developed countries, the challenges to sustainable development are compounded by rapid population growth as well as vulnerability to climate change. Other countries are facing the challenge of ageing populations, including the need to promote healthy active ageing and to provide adequate social protection. As the world continues to urbanize, with 68% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, sustainable development and climate change will increasingly depend on the successful management of urban growth.
Jul 8, 2019
Zero tolerance: Preventing and addressing sexual harassment and abuse
The UN has Zero Tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse. Preventing and addressing sexual harassment and abuse of authority remains a priority for the whole UN system.
Allow me please to share with you a video message on the topic from the Secretary-General, a Fact Sheet on UN’s initiatives and a global Quarterly Update on reported allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Zero Tolerance on Sexual Exploitation & Abuse - UN Secretary- General Video Message:
Fact sheet on the Secretary-General’s initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse:
Quarterly Update on reported allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse:
I’m also forwarding you our message from 17 August 2018 with the contact details for reporting mechanisms in Myanmar.
Jun 4, 2019
List of all 179 UN Statements on Rakhine crisis from 25 August 2017*
4 July: As the keynote speaker at a conference on the Rohingya crisis at University College London, Christopher Sidoti, a member of the UN fact-finding mission accused Myanmar’s military of genocide, warned the crisis is far from over for the persecuted minority. He likened it to those endured by Jewish people under the Nazis.
3 July: In her Oral Update to 41st Session of the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee implored the international community to maintain pressure on Myanmar amid a deterioration of human rights in the country, citing concerns about possible war crimes in Rakhine State, the treatment of minorities, the environment and freedom of expression.
1 July: During the General Assembly Informal Meeting held in New York, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General on Myanmar Christine Burgener said, “a key step to democratic consolidation” in the Southeast Asian nation “will be ending the vicious cycle of discrimination and violence, especially in Rakhine.”