May 17, 2019
Message on the 2019 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
The United Nations in Myanmar is proud to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by flying the rainbow flag in support of diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI).
This day marks the decision of the World Health Organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990.
We have seen encouraging progress worldwide, but LGBTI people still experience discrimination and stigma in many countries, including in Myanmar.
Apr 9, 2019
Opening Remarks by Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby Third Workshop on the National Strategy on Closure of IDP camps
Your Excellency Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement,
Professor Walter Kälin,
Thank you for holding the important Third Workshop on durable solutions for IDPs and the National Strategy on Closure of IDP camps.
Allow me please to open with commending you for the draft National Strategy which is taking a shape of a guiding document for actions that will help design and implement durable solutions for the IDPs in Myanmar.
I would especially like to recognize the contribution of His Excellency Union Minister Win Myat Aye for his leadership in drafting the Strategy.
We welcome the engagement of various stakeholders, including the United Nations, international NGOs, Embassies, as well as national civil society.
Each of us can support the Government in developing and realizing durable solutions for the IDPs in our respective mandates and areas of expertise.
Turning now to the draft National Strategy:
We welcome the strategy’s objectives to restore normal lives for the IDPs, in safety, dignity, with rights and access to services, such as education, health, and livelihood.