Phoo Ngun was 6 months pregnant when her village was hit in one of the most devastating floods in Myanmar history. UNFPA youth volunteers delivering essential female hygiene and protection items reached her by boat, and in the wake of the floods, she gave birth safely to a baby daughter. Photo: UNFPA/Yenny Gamming

The UN System in Myanmar

The UN has provided assistance in Myanmar since its independence in 1948. Today, the UN System consists of 19 UN entities present in the UN Country Team that provide support to the country within their specific mandate. The UN System in Myanmar works under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator to ensure a harmonized approach to support the achievement of Myanmar’s national development priorities. The UN supports the development of Myanmar, the advancement of human rights, provision of humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding.

Myanmar is at a crucial point in its history. The country’s determination to advance its socio-economic reforms and promote democracy, together with its endowment of natural resources give a strong basis to look at Myanmar’s future with great optimism. In this context, the core values and principles of the UN, which are embedded in the human rights system, are relevant to address the needs and challenges of the Myanmar society today.

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  • Message of UN Secretary General on UN Day 2017

    Message of UN Secretary General on UN Day 2017

    Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend our differences to transform our future. When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world. On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality. Thank you. Shokran. Xie Xie. Merci. Spasibo. Gracias. Obrigado. Yet

  • Note to Correspondents: Visit of the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs to Myanmar

    Note to Correspondents: Visit of the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs to Myanmar

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited Myanmar from October 13 to October 17 at the invitation of the Government. In Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, he met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, among other officials, as well as with representatives of Myanmar’s civil society. He attended the ceremony commemorating the signing of Myanmar’s historic National Ceasefire Agreement and met with the signatory ethnic organizations. He also met with the resident diplomatic community and representatives of international NGOs.

  • Note to correspondents

    Note to correspondents

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will visit Myanmar from 13 to 17 October. Following the Secretary-General’s repeated calls for an end the military operations and violence in northern Rakhine state; unfettered access for humanitarian support; and the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their areas of origin, Mr. Feltman will be undertaking consultations with a view to addressing these urgent issues in close cooperation with Myanmar. His discussions will also focus on building a constructive partnership between Myanmar and the United Nations to tackle the underlying issues impacting all communities in the affected areas. New York, 11 October 2017

  •  Statement of the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator  in Myanmar

    Statement of the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar

    The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Renata Lok-Dessallien announced today that she will be completing her assignment after nearly four years in Myanmar. The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator will use her remaining time until the end of the month to further the UN system’s efforts to promote peace and security, human rights, as well as humanitarian and development assistance for all people in Myanmar. She will continue to urge for the end of violence in the northern townships of Rakhine State, to allow full access for humanitarian aid, and to ensure the safe, dignified and sustainable return of refugees and IDPs to their places of origin. The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator expresses her gratitude to the Government and the people of Myanmar for the opportunity to serve in the country. She thanks her UN colleagues and partners for their exceptional commitment to promoting UN principles. She also appreciates the Secretary-General’s confidence in the UN team in Myanmar.

  • Statement following government-organized visit to northern Rakhine

    Statement following government-organized visit to northern Rakhine

    The UN appreciates the Government of Myanmar’s invitation to participate in the visit to northern Rakhine organized by national authorities for diplomatic community and the UN. This was a positive step and such visits, under appropriate conditions, could help in our efforts to explore potential areas where the UN could cooperate with the Myanmar authorities in alleviating the dire situation in northern Rakhine. Three UN representatives participated in the field visit -- the UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien; the WFP representative and Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Domenico Scalpelli, and senior UNHCR official Ms. Cécile Fradot. The scale of human suffering is unimaginable and the UN extends its deepest condolences to all those affected. The UN advocates for the end to the cycle of violence and for establishing law and order and the rule of law; to allow unfettered access for humanitarian support; and to ensure the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of the refugees to their areas of origin. The UN used the field visit also to send a signal of hope to the people in the affected areas, as well as to connect with its staff in northern Rakhine. The UN delegation reiterated the need for a greater access for humanitarian and human rights actors to conduct comprehensive assessments of the situation on the ground in order to address the concerns and needs of all communities in affected areas. The UN called also for access for the media.

  • Note to Correspondents on Myanmar

    Note to Correspondents on Myanmar

    The United Nations strongly disagrees with allegations against the UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar, Renata Lok-Dessallien. The Secretary-General has full confidence in the Resident Coordinator and her Team. The UN has consistently and strongly focused on protection of human rights and inclusive development on behalf of all the people of Myanmar, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or citizenship status. The Resident Coordinator has been a tireless advocate for human rights, conflict prevention, and humanitarian and development assistance in Rakhine State. She has drawn attention to rights abuses and called for credible investigations; advocated against incitement to violence; and supported efforts to promote inter-communal harmony. The UN in Myanmar, led by the Resident Coordinator, works with a wide array of government and non-government partners to help enhance Myanmar’s capacities to tackle root causes of conflict, to strengthen democratic institutions, to expand access to justice and to reduce poverty. Human rights stand at the center of everything the UN does, and this includes the rollout of the Human Right Up Front by her team.

  • UN Secretary General remarks at open debate of the Security Council on Myanmar

    UN Secretary General remarks at open debate of the Security Council on Myanmar

    I welcome this opportunity to brief you on the crisis in Myanmar. On September 2nd, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine state. I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month. The reality on the ground demands action -- swift action -- to protect people, alleviate suffering, prevent further instability, address the root causes of the situation and forge, at long last, a durable solution. The following briefing is based on our reporting from the ground, and is our best sense of what has happened, what is still happening, and what needs to be done. The current crisis has steadily deteriorated since the August 25 attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on the Myanmar security forces. I repeat my condemnation of those attacks today. Since then, the situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.

  • Secretary General remarks to ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting

    Secretary General remarks to ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Chairman, let me begin by congratulating the Government of the Republic of the Philippines for chairing ASEAN in its 50th anniversary year. I commend ASEAN’s progress over the past half century towards peaceful co-existence and regional integration. Multilateralism and regional integration are absolutely vital in our world today representing an opportunity to promote prosperity as well as advance human rights and the rule of law. Under the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership, I believe we can intensify our work in a number of areas, including integrating our efforts in peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and humanitarian action with close attention to prevention. With respect to prevention, I repeat my call for all parties to resolve their disputes, including maritime disputes, in a peaceful manner, in conformity with international law, and to avoid unnecessary escalation or provocation.

  • Secretary-General Address to the General Assembly

    Secretary-General Address to the General Assembly

    I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples. “We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges. Our world is in trouble. People are hurting and angry. They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating. Societies are fragmented. Political discourse is polarized. Trust within and among countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide. We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace. And I strongly believe that, together, we can build peace. We can restore trust and create a better world for all. I will focus today on seven threats and tests that stand in our way. For each, the dangers are all too clear. Yet for each, if we act as truly united nations, we can find answers.

  • Secretary-General's Video Message on International Day of Peace on 21 September

    Secretary-General's Video Message on International Day of Peace on 21 September

    Secretary-General's Video Message on International Day of Peace 13 Sep 2017 - Video message by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (21 September) On the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the cruel price of war. Ruined schools. Bombed hospitals. Broken families. Refugees searching for hope. Countries in crisis. The United Nations was born from a terrible World War. Our mission is to work for peace -- every day and everywhere. No group interest, national ambition or political difference should be allowed to put peace at risk. On this International Day, we call for a global ceasefire. We must never -- ever -- stop pressing for an end to armed conflict. Peace is the right and the desire of all people. It is the foundation for progress and well-being – happy children, thriving communities, and peaceful, prosperous countries. Let us pledge to work together – today and every day – for the peace we all yearn for and deserve.

  • Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

    Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

    The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. This latest round of violence comes after the attacks on Myanmar security forces on 25 August. The Secretary-General, who condemned those attacks, reiterates the importance of addressing the root causes of the violence and the responsibility of the Government of Myanmar to provide security and assistance to those in need. The Secretary-General fully supports the recommendations of the report by Kofi Annan and urges the Government to effectively implement them. Recognizing that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades, the Secretary-General appeals for the authorities to continue to allow the Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh. Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded. He calls for humanitarian agencies to be granted unfettered and free access to affected communities in need of assistance and protection. The United Nations stands ready to provide all necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard.

  • Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attacks in Rakhine State, Myanmar

    Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attacks in Rakhine State, Myanmar

    The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine State. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He hopes those responsible for this unacceptable violence will be swiftly brought to justice. The Secretary-General has been closely following developments in Rakhine State and is concerned over the escalating tensions in the region. He reiterates the importance of addressing the root causes of violence, in particular issues related to identity and citizenship, and reducing inter-communal tensions. He strongly urges all the communities in Rakhine State to choose the path of peace. The Secretary-General stresses that, while taking the necessary measures to curb attacks by criminal elements in the region, the security forces must protect civilians at all times, in line with international humanitarian and human rights law.

  • Statement of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Myanmar Renata Lok-Dessallien on attacks in Rakhine State

    Statement of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Myanmar Renata Lok-Dessallien on attacks in Rakhine State

    We condemn in the strongest terms the series of coordinated attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine State in the early hours on 25 August. We regret the loss of life, express deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We call on all parties to refrain from violence, protect civilians, restore law and order and resolve issues through dialogue and peaceful means. The grave events confirm the significance of government's commitment to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State for the betterment of all communities. We are deeply concerned about the security situation in Rakhine State. We continue to follow the situation and remain in contact with authorities.

  • UN Statement on the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

    UN Statement on the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

    We welcome the release of the comprehensive report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and take note of its emphasis on issues related to identity and citizenship, particularly its call for freedom of movement for all people, as well as the need to address the root causes of violence and reduce inter-communal tensions. We look forward to reviewing the report's recommendations further. In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge again the significance of the Government’s establishment of this Commission and the importance of its mandate to analyze the situation of all communities in Rakhine State and draft recommendations toward conflict prevention, reconciliation, institution building and long-term development, and humanitarian services. The UN stands ready to support the Government’s implementation of the recommendations for the betterment of all communities in Rakhine State.

  • UNDP Administrator and Chair of UN Development Group Mr.  Achim Steiner remarks on the substainable Development Goals- Building a better future in Myanmar

    UNDP Administrator and Chair of UN Development Group Mr. Achim Steiner remarks on the substainable Development Goals- Building a better future in Myanmar

    It is truly a great pleasure to be here this afternoon at Yangon University, a university that is famous throughout Asia, and one that has produced many of Myanmar’s past and present leadership, including General Aung San, its first Prime Minister U Nu and the UN’s Secretary General U Thant, who graduated from this university in 1929 and at the age of 20! I am also very happy to be here in Myanmar – my first programme country visit as the UNDP Administrator, and also at this very auspicious time in Myanmar’s history. Many of us around the world watched with great hope, and excitement, when the first civilian government in Myanmar in more than 50 years took office last year. Myanmar is experiencing a triple transition – from war to peace, military rule to democracy, and from a closed to an open market economy. But there is in fact a fourth dimension to this transition. The shift from exclusive, often unsustainable development to more inclusive, more sustainable development. Despite being blessed with significant natural resources, and having a strategic geographic location between India and China, many development challenges remain. The price of internal conflict and past policies has been high – in particular when measured in terms of poverty and livelihoods.

  • Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Remarks on World Population Day 2017

    Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Remarks on World Population Day 2017

    Your Excellency Vice President U Myint Swe, Your Excellency U Thein Swe, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population, Ministers and Senior Government Officials from related ministry, Mrs. Janet Jackson, Representative of UNFPA Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Mingalabar, Good morning. I would like to extend very warm greetings to all of you in this commemoration ceremony of 2017 World Population Day with the theme of “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”. Being part of this commemorative event brings special warmth to me today. I was personally privileged to have been involved UNFPA staff member in 1994, when 179 nations agreed on a far-reaching agenda for population, including reproductive health rights, through the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. This is an agenda for all women and girls, men and boys, young people – as individuals, couples and families. I am heartened to seeing it being embraced through today’s event for people in this beautiful country at this important juncture in Myanmar history.

  • Message of United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

    Message of United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

    Last year, at the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the international community took steps to mobilize a multifaceted, collective response to the full range of issues related to drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Governments came together to chart a new path forward that is more effective and humane, and leaves no one behind. UNGASS was a ground-breaking moment that provided a detailed and forward-looking blueprint for action. Together, we must honour the unanimous commitments made to reduce drug abuse, illicit trafficking and the harm that drugs cause, and to ensure that our approach promotes equality, human rights, sustainable development, and greater peace and security.

  • UN Statement on Resident Coordinator in Myanmar

    UN Statement on Resident Coordinator in Myanmar

    The future elevation of the UN Resident Coordinator post in Myanmar to the level of an Assistant Secretary-General has no links to the current Resident Coordinator, Renata Lok-Dessallien. As stated by the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson on June 13, her performance has been constantly appreciated. The upgrading of the UN Resident Coordinator post is aimed to further strengthen collaboration between the United Nations and Myanmar. This will not change the mandate of the Resident Coordinator.

  • United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres' message on World Refugee Day

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres' message on World Refugee Day

    World Refugee Day is an expression of solidarity with people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution. The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, show that at least 65.6 million people -- 1 of every 113 members of the human family -- have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders. While Syria remains the world’s largest source of refugees, South Sudan is the biggest and fastest growing new displacement emergency, with 1.4 million refugees and 1.9 million internally displaced, the vast majority of them under 18 – a further blow to the future prospects of the world’s youngest nation.

  • Myanmar Music Festival 2017. Remarks by Ms. Min Jeong Kim, Head of UNESCO Office in  Myanmar

    Myanmar Music Festival 2017. Remarks by Ms. Min Jeong Kim, Head of UNESCO Office in Myanmar

    Mingalaba and Good Evening! # I am very honoured to say a few words on behalf of the United Nations which is pleased to be part of this 4th Myanmar Music Festival. Perhaps there are some in the audience who may be wondering what does the United Nations have to do with a music festival. As a form of communication and expression music, transcends all languages, national boundaries and cultures, which embodies the spirit of the United Nations.

  • Invitation: World Refugee Day film screening

    Invitation: World Refugee Day film screening

    In observation of World Refugee Day 2017, UNHCR would like to cordially invite you to attend a free film screening on the 20th of June at the Waziya Cinema on Bogyoke Aung San Road in Yangon. Doors will open at 7:00 PM and the film will begin at 7:30 PM.

  • FAO, MOALI and MAEU collaborate to enhance DRR/DRM through modern geospatial technologies

    FAO, MOALI and MAEU collaborate to enhance DRR/DRM through modern geospatial technologies

    FAO Myanmar is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) and the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU) of the Ministry of Education to promote the application of innovative technologies to enhance DRR/DRM in the agriculture sector through utilization of Drones. In this regard, a training for the recently established MOALI Drone Mapping Team of 30 inter-disciplinary experts from different departments of MOALI has been organized by FAO in collaboration with MAEU. The training focused on operations and applications of drone mapping technology to DRR in agriculture.

  • MEDIA RELEASE:  UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Renata Dessallien’s visit to Kachin State

    MEDIA RELEASE: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Renata Dessallien’s visit to Kachin State

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ms. Renata Dessallien, visited Kachin State from 7-9 May 2017 to meet with people displaced by armed conflict, senior Government officials, civil society organizations and humanitarian partners. Ms. Dessallien met with U Khat Aung, Chief Minister of Kachin State as well as representatives of humanitarian and other organizations including the Joint Strategy Team (JST) to discuss the humanitarian and development needs of all communities in Kachin State.

  • Full speech of United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator: World Press Freedom Day 2017

    Full speech of United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator: World Press Freedom Day 2017

    Excellency, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Excellency, the Ambassador of Sweden to Myanmar Mr. Staffan Herrström Dear Media colleagues and colleagues from the UN, Mingalabar Shin and a very good morning to you all. It’s an honour for me to read to you the UN Secretary General’s message on World Press Freedom Day 2017: “Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless. Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death. We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth. On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all. When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world.”

  • Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Volunteerism Empowers Women to Empower Communities

    Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Volunteerism Empowers Women to Empower Communities

    A well-attended 4th kick-off event of the Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Volunteer (DRRYV) pilot pro-ject took place on the 25th of April in Sittwe, Rakhine State. More than 60 participants joined the event, including State Departments representatives, DRR Working Group members, and Sittwe’s Youth Volunteers. The DRRYV project is being implemented by UNV Myanmar in collaboration with UNDP and UNICEF, in support of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement initiative launched in 2014. In line with the Sendai Framework, its objective is strengthening community resilience to dis-asters through an institutionalized network of skilled and equipped youth volunteers across three pilot areas—Ayeyarwaddy, Mon, and Rakhine.

  • Bright Ideas Rain in UNV Myanmar’s First Ever Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge

    Bright Ideas Rain in UNV Myanmar’s First Ever Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge

    MYANMAR’S FIRST EVER Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge concluded last Sunday with three big winning ideas from the country’s promising youth. This event is the first of a series of Challenges that are being organized in the South East Asia Pacific Region in collaboration with partners and that will culminate with a Regional Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge in Bangkok this coming June 2017 under the auspices of ASEAN.

  • UNDP with Support from Norway Provides Indelible Ink for Myanmar By-Elections

    UNDP with Support from Norway Provides Indelible Ink for Myanmar By-Elections

    [Yangon – April 1] An estimated 2.3 million people are electing their representatives for 19 parliamentary seats today in by-elections that are being held in 8 States and Regions - Bago, Chin, Kayah, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan, and Yangon. The by-elections will fill the seats left vacant by elected Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Amoytha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw who have taken up senior positions in the government or judiciary; elected MPs who have passed away; or because there were some constituencies excluded from the 2015 General Elections due to security concerns. A small number of MPs will also be elected to state/region Assembly seats in Kayah and Shan States.

  • Myanmar Reaches Medium Human Development Status

    Myanmar Reaches Medium Human Development Status

    [Yangon – March 22] Myanmar has moved up the human development index (HDI), attaining Medium Human Development status and ranking 145 out of 188 countries. Myanmar’s HDI rating was highlighted in the Human Development Report 2016, entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, released yesterday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and launched today in Yangon. “I congratulate the Government and people of Myanmar for successfully reaching the status of Medium Human Development, according to the HDI. The HDI measures not only economic growth, but also the quality of growth in terms of human development and human wellbeing. Myanmar’s achievement comes from years of hard work and deserves our sincere admiration. This is a good predictor for Myanmar’s pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),’’ said Renata Dessallien, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

  • Remarks by Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator at the Launch of the Human Development Report

    Remarks by Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator at the Launch of the Human Development Report

    Dear Friends from the Media, Human development is about basic freedoms, freedoms to realize our human potential, our human development. The human development index measures human progress against a set of representative benchmarks that go beyond mere GDP or other income or monetary measures of well-being. In essence it captures income, health and education dimensions of human wellbeing, reflecting fundamental human capabilities and freedoms needed to make meaningful choices for oneself and one’s families.

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL: H. E. Antonio Guterres WRITTEN MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL: H. E. Antonio Guterres WRITTEN MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

  • Challenging Gender Stereotypes – Driving Change in Myanmar

    Challenging Gender Stereotypes – Driving Change in Myanmar

    When WFP in Myanmar informed Ms Khin La Pyae Won Myint Aung that she was selected for the position of driver in the WFP Country Office in Yangon, it was a dream come true. She has always had a passion for cars so was thrilled to have the opportunity to make a living by driving. The sense of accomplishment of getting a new job was enhanced by the feeling that, in doing a job typically dominated by men in Myanmar, she was also striking a blow for gender equality.

  • Myanmar: Dialogue with Members of the Parliament and the Military on Key Freedom of Expression Issues

    Myanmar: Dialogue with Members of the Parliament and the Military on Key Freedom of Expression Issues

    On 14 February 2017, UNESCO in collaboration with the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) held a full-day workshop in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, for officials from the Government, military and both upper and lower houses of Parliament (Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw), as well as the Parliamentary support body, the Commission for the Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues. The focus of the workshop was on international standards relating to the right to information and broadcasting.

  • Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development Launch Phase III: continuing to enhance the capacity building of Myanmar youth

    Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development Launch Phase III: continuing to enhance the capacity building of Myanmar youth

    On Friday 3rd February, the Centre of Excellence for Business Skills Development (CEBSD) launched phase III implementation of the project ‘Strengthening of Business Skills for Youth Employment in Myanmar’. The project was the first public-private partnership programme between the Ministry of Education, UNESCO and PepisiCo when it was first implemented in June 2014.

  • FAO helps rebuild farming livelihoods in Myanmar’s conflict areas

    FAO helps rebuild farming livelihoods in Myanmar’s conflict areas

    U Maung Chay, a 48-year-old farmer and father of six, lives in one of the poorest, conflict-prone areas of Myanmar - Rakhine State. He is a member of the Muslim community, which has suffered inter-ethnic violence over several years.

  • UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Press Statement

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Press Statement

  • Bringing light to Nyaung U schools: Ceremony held for donation of 450 solar lighting systems to 130 schools

    Bringing light to Nyaung U schools: Ceremony held for donation of 450 solar lighting systems to 130 schools

    Over 13,000 students in Nyaung U township, near the Bagan archaeological site in Myanmar, have better conditions in their school, following the donation of 450 Eneloop Solar Storage Systems to 130 schools.

  • UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Press Statement

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Press Statement

  • Fighting malaria amongst high-risk communities: Myanmar rubber plantations workers receive malaria diagnosis and treatment

    Fighting malaria amongst high-risk communities: Myanmar rubber plantations workers receive malaria diagnosis and treatment

    In the seemingly uninhabited jungles of Myanmar’s Mon State, hundreds of people work every night collecting rubber, making their way through acres of dense forests. As they go on with their heavy work, they need to be wary of small but dangerous threat: the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

  • Myanmar on track to graduate from least developed category by 2025: UN Report

    Myanmar on track to graduate from least developed category by 2025: UN Report

    Myanmar is on track to graduate from the least developed country (LDC) list by 2025, a report produced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development highlighted.

  • Myanmar Education College Principals prepare for upgrade to 4-year degree-granting institutions

    Myanmar Education College Principals prepare for upgrade to 4-year degree-granting institutions

    On 8-9 December 2016, key officials from Myanmar’s Teacher Education sector gathered in Yangon to discuss plans for upgrading the country’s 25 Education Colleges to 4-year degree granting institutions.

  • Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan 2017

    Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan 2017

    The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan lays out a framework for implementing the UN Secretary-General’s ‘Agenda for Humanity’ in Myanmar.

  • Myanmar’s ICT Teacher Educators Enhance Student Engagement and Active Learning in their Classrooms

    Myanmar’s ICT Teacher Educators Enhance Student Engagement and Active Learning in their Classrooms

    In November, 64 ICT Teacher Educators from Myanmar’s 23 Education Colleges (ECs) attended an intensive 5-day workshop facilitated by UNESCO to strengthen their ability to foster engaged, active learning in their classrooms.

  • Maintaining Momentum in Myanmar’s Response to AIDS

    Maintaining Momentum in Myanmar’s Response to AIDS

    On World AIDS Day, the spotlight will be on Myanmar—a model for other developing nations of how to implement strategies to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Guest Column by Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Myanmar Country Director, published in The Irrawaddy.

  • World AIDS Day: Giving HIV-positive sex workers access to family planning

    World AIDS Day: Giving HIV-positive sex workers access to family planning

    In 2016, UNFPA has invested over US$200,000 into HIV prevention through four local partner organizations: National AIDS Program, Myanmar Anti-Narcotic Association, Alliance on HIV/AIDS, and Aye Myitta Association.

  • PepsiCo Receives Award for Best-in-Class Corporate Social Responsibility with Centre of Excellence in Business Skills Development

    PepsiCo Receives Award for Best-in-Class Corporate Social Responsibility with Centre of Excellence in Business Skills Development

    The Centre of Excellence in Business Skills Development program (CEBSD), established as a ground-breaking partnership between PepsiCo, Yangon University of Economics, and UNESCO received an American Chamber of Commerce ACE award, recognizing best-in-class work in corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • 5th Conference on Media Development in Myanmar

    5th Conference on Media Development in Myanmar

    UNESCO held a national dialogue in Yangon on 7 November to address for the first time in Myanmar the Issue of Impunity and the Safety of Journalists.

  • Government reiterates support to media reforms in Myanmar

    Government reiterates support to media reforms in Myanmar

    Gender inequality in media and the challenges of ethnic and community media were at the heart of discussions at the 5th Myanmar Media Development Conference held 7-8 November in Yangon.

  • Myanmar launches process for creating a new, more inclusive National Health Plan

    Myanmar launches process for creating a new, more inclusive National Health Plan

    Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health and Sports launched a three month consultative process in Nay Pyi Taw to finalize the 2016-2021 Myanmar National Health Plan.

  • Remarks by Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator on the occasion of UN Day 2016

    Remarks by Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator on the occasion of UN Day 2016

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien: Speech at the the UN Day Celebration on 24 October 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw.

  • Remarks by H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the Occasion of UN Day 2016

    Remarks by H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the Occasion of UN Day 2016

    Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered remarks at the UN Day celebration on 24 October 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw.

  • 71st UN Day Commemoration in Shwe Pyi Thar

    71st UN Day Commemoration in Shwe Pyi Thar

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien: Opening Remarks in Shwe Pyi Thar on the Occasion of UN Day 2016

  • 71st UN Day Commemoration at the Yangon University

    71st UN Day Commemoration at the Yangon University

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien: Key Note Speech at the Yangon University on the Occasion of UN Day 2016

  • Youth volunteers enhance Myanmar’s community disaster resilience

    Youth volunteers enhance Myanmar’s community disaster resilience

    In a country as affected by natural disasters as Myanmar, topping year after year ranking the “most at risk” countries in the world, every single effort in building resilience counts, especially at the grassroots level. To strengthen communities’ resilience, young volunteers are expected to play key roles in community-based approaches.

  • Situation Analysis "Gender Equality and Women's Rights in Myanmar"

    Situation Analysis "Gender Equality and Women's Rights in Myanmar"

    The publication " Gender Equality and Women's Rights in Myanmar: A Situation Analysis" was successfully launched on the 7th October, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw.

  • UN International Day of Peace

    UN International Day of Peace

    Today, September 21st, is the United Nation’s official International Day of Peace. It is a useful moment to reflect upon the ideal of peace both within and among all nations and peoples, as well as to contemplate Myanmar’s own prospects for lasting peace.

  • Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Stresses Role of Cultural Heritage for National Unity

    Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Stresses Role of Cultural Heritage for National Unity

    On the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova pledged support to Myanmar's democratic reform process and the restoration of Bagan in the aftermath of last month's earthquake, in a meeting with H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, on 20 September 2016.

  • Secretary-General’s joint press stakeout with Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

    Secretary-General’s joint press stakeout with Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

    The United Nations has consistently supported Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle for democracy, through successive resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly; through the appointment of my Special Adviser, Mr. Vijay Nambiar; and also through the appointment of Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council, and through my own visits and engagement with Myanmar authorities.

  • Director-General of UNESCO expresses solidarity with the people of Myanmar after earthquake in Bagan

    Director-General of UNESCO expresses solidarity with the people of Myanmar after earthquake in Bagan

    The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed her profound sympathy to the government and people of Myanmar after the devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar.

  • Standing Together as One Humanity on World Humanitarian Day

    Standing Together as One Humanity on World Humanitarian Day

    Yangon, 19 August 2016: On World Humanitarian Day, aid workers in Myanmar are calling for solidarity with all people in humanitarian need around the country and across the globe.

  • Leaving no child behind: Access to education in Myanmar’s displacement camps

    Leaving no child behind: Access to education in Myanmar’s displacement camps

    It has been almost five years since armed conflict was reignited in Myanmar’s Kachin and Shan states, forcing people to flee their homes for the relative safety of displacement camps.

  • UNESCO trains Myanmar Government spokespersons for greater transparency

    UNESCO trains Myanmar Government spokespersons for greater transparency

    UNESCO has trained 45 Spokespersons on media relations through a workshop held at the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw on June 20-22, 2016.

  • Polio Immunisation crosses conflict borders in Myanmar

    Polio Immunisation crosses conflict borders in Myanmar

    Nang Kham Noon immediately confesses she doesn’t know much about health issues and how children’s health can be improved.

  • From Floods to Volunteerism

    From Floods to Volunteerism

    June 2016, Hakha, Chin State - Van Tin Pen was very scared. She saw six or seven houses collapsing, landslides all over and she was running out of food.

  • Exploring Access to Justice and Informal Justice Systems in Myanmar

    Exploring Access to Justice and Informal Justice Systems in Myanmar

    While the quiet man claims that he is not well-educated, he is highly respected by his peers and his community, and has been elected to the central committee of the Kachin Literature and Cultural Association.

  • After the Flood - The Lucky Place

    After the Flood - The Lucky Place

    When you peer over the edge of the vertiginous road in the village of So Zang in Chin State, you can see a lattice of blue pipes in the valley below which direct spring waters to the village of Phunom, a few miles away.

  • The Village Powerhouse - Getting Ahead with Microfinance in the Delta

    The Village Powerhouse - Getting Ahead with Microfinance in the Delta

    In a prayer hall on the outskirts of a tidy village in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Daw Win Win Maw gets to her feet in front of a group of women and is handed a large wad of money.

  • Supporting disaster-affected communities to be resilient

    Supporting disaster-affected communities to be resilient

    "After the two-week-long monsoon, the road that connects our village and other villages to Hakha City was destroyed by a landslide. It was the worst landslide during my 62-years- lifespan," U Hrang Lian Khuai recounted.

  • May Doe Kabar and UNDP Launch iWomen-Inspiring Women App

    May Doe Kabar and UNDP Launch iWomen-Inspiring Women App

    May Doe Kabar, Myanmar Rural Women’s Network today made its entry into the technology world, with the launch of a mobile phone application that connects rural Myanmar women to knowledge, inspiration and resources.

  • MPs Better Prepared for The Job Ahead As Five Day Hluttaw Induction Concludes

    MPs Better Prepared for The Job Ahead As Five Day Hluttaw Induction Concludes

    A five day induction programme concluded today has helped Myanmar’s predominantly new MPs prepare to take up their legislative, representative and oversight responsibilities.

  • UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Remarks at the Parliamentary Induction Programme

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Remarks at the Parliamentary Induction Programme

  • The Peace Bridge for a Prosperous Future

    The Peace Bridge for a Prosperous Future

    Renata Dessallien, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and H.E. U Hla Han, Minister for Rakhine State Transportation opened the Peace Bridge that connects Ohn Re Paw village with Sittwe Town and neighbouring villages.