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.”
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.
May 7, 2019
Note to Correspondents
The UN in Myanmar welcomes the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from prison.
The UN in Myanmar considers the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo a step toward improving the freedom of the press and a sign of Government’s commitment to Myanmar’s transition to democracy.
The UN stands ready to continue to support Myanmar in its complex transition process.
Yangon, 7 May 2019
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