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  • 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

  • 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