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
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 email@example.com
Office of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)*
Phone 1: +39 06 57054151
Phone 2: +39 06 57053956
Aug 14, 2018
Opening remarks by UNRC/HC Knut Ostby at Strengthening UN participating to the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State to implement the Recommendations
Speech by Knut Ostby, UNRC/HC
Monday 13 August 2018
Your excellency, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, U Win Myat Aye,
Ladies and Gentlemen
Thank you for joining us today at this important workshop on the implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations.
Our dialogue and cooperation will be crucial for making further progress towards the vision of what the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s final report title terms as a “Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine”.
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the Government of the Union of Myanmar for leading the implementation of the Commission’s Recommendations. I know that this is also inspired by the Rakhine Socio-Economic Development Plan, which was also completed in draft form in 2017.
The State Counsellor’s Office issued a statement on 24 August 2017, announcing that the Government “will give the report our full consideration with a view to carrying out the recommendations to the fullest extent, and within the shortest timeframe possible, in line with the situation on the ground.”
Aug 8, 2018
UNHCR and UNDP urge tangible progress to improve conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
Two months since the signing of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNHCR, UNDP, and the Government of Myanmar, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNDP, the UN’s development agency, are both urging Myanmar authorities to make tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine State. The Myanmar government’s willingness to take the lead in the implementation of this agreement is critical to creating conditions conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees.
The government has taken some encouraging steps since the MoU was signed on 6 June, including the formation of a tripartite Technical Working Group to support the implementation of the MoU; enabling an important visit by senior UNHCR and UNDP officials to the northern part of Rakhine State in early July; and facilitating an initial joint field visit to Rakhine State by the Technical Working Group mid-July. However, substantial progress is urgently needed in three key areas covered by the MoU: granting effective access in Rakhine State; ensuring freedom of movement for all communities; and addressing the root causes of the crisis.
Jul 29, 2018
Note to Correspondents
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby is following with great concern the flooding and extensive devastation caused by heavy rains in Bago, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing and other States.
His thoughts are with all those families whose lives have been impacted and is alarmed by the destruction of property, infrastructure and agricultural land.
Jun 21, 2018
Note to Correspondents: First Official Visit of the United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar
United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener conducted her first official visit to Myanmar from 12 to 21 June. In Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Rakhine state, she met among others with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U T Khun Myat, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Mahn Win Khine Than, Minister in the State Counsellor’s Office U Kyaw Tint Swe, Chair of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw's Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Thura Shwe Mann, Chairman of the Election Commission U Hla Thein, the Rakhine State Government including Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, conflict-affected communities and families in Rakhine state, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), people currently displaced along the international border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, representatives of Myanmar’s civil society, members of women associations, as well as with the United Nations country team, the diplomatic community and international NGOs. In all meetings, she stressed the need for inclusive solutions that integrated the views and important voices of women. The Special Envoy expresses her sincere appreciation to the Government of Myanmar and other interlocutors for their warm welcome and excellent organization of her visit. She also thanks the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the United Nations country team for their support.
Jun 19, 2018
UN Secretary General : Message for World Refugees Day
What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?
Today, more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution.
That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country.
Last year, someone was displaced every two seconds.
Mostly, in poorer countries.
On World Refugee Day, we must all think about what more we can we do to help.
The answer begins with unity and solidarity.
I am deeply concerned to see more and more situations where refugees are not receiving the protection they need and to which they are entitled.
We need to re-establish the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.
In today’s world, no community or country providing safe refuge to people fleeing war or persecution should be alone and unsupported.
We stand together, or we fail.
This year, a Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the UN General Assembly.
It offers a way forward and recognizes the contributions that refugees make to the societies hosting them.
Jun 12, 2018
MESSAGE FOR 100-DAY COUNTDOWN TO THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms and to safeguard the human rights of all people. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day in our lifetime we will witness an end to violence.
Yet there is more to achieving peace than laying down weapons. True peace requires standing up for the human rights of all the world’s people. That is why this year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”.
As the observance approaches, let us re-double our efforts to address the root causes of conflict and advance our work for the Sustainable Development Goals, including by promoting inclusive societies, providing access to justice and building accountable institutions.
Let us stand up for human rights for all in the name of peace for all.
Jun 7, 2018
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Myanmar and the United Nations
The Secretary-General welcomes the Memorandum of Understanding reached by the Government of Myanmar, UNHCR, and UNDP on the UN system’s support to creating conditions conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable Rohingya refugee returns from Bangladesh, and their reintegration in Rakhine State. As these conditions are not yet in place, he welcomes the agreement by the Government of Myanmar to take this first step to address the root causes of the conflict in Rakhine.
The Secretary-General encourages Myanmar to take decisive steps to implement the agreement. He also reiterates his call for an end to violence, accountability for perpetrators, redress for victims, humanitarian access to all areas in Rakhine State, and the implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission.
Jun 6, 2018
UNHCR and UNDP sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of the Union of Myanmar to support the creation of conditions for the return of refugees from Bangladesh
Today UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNDP, the UN Development Programme, signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw.
This MoU is a first and necessary step to establish a framework for cooperation between the UN and the Government aimed at creating conducive conditions for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh and for helping to create improved and resilient livelihoods for all communities living in Rakhine State.
Jun 5, 2018
#UN4Myanmar: 40,000 children in Kachin achieve better results at school with WFP’s support
Interview with Sakhorn Boongullaya, head of WFP field office in Kachin
What are you focused on now?
First of all, we’re focused on our school meals programme. Every day we’re providing 40,000 girls and boys enrolled in primary schools in Kachin with nutritious midday snacks that help them learn more and better prepare for life. WFP supplies the biscuits to the Ministry of Education which distributes them to schools. Currently, we’re reaching 75 percent of all primary school students.
The other focus of our operation is the provision of the basic food assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled conflicts in 2011 and later. We’re currently assisting 46,000 people in 100 camps in government-controlled areas (the United Nations has not had access to non-government-controlled areas since mid-2016). In the beginning, we were providing in-kind food assistance to them, such as rice, beans, oil and salt. Since January 2016, we have shifted to cash transfers.
May 31, 2018
UNHCR and UNDP agree on text of MoU with Myanmar to support the creation of conditions for the return of Rohingya refugees
GENEVA/NEW YORK (31 May 2018) – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNDP, the UN Development Programme, agreed today in Nay Pyi Taw with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the text for the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It is planned that the MoU will be signed in the course of the next week, the exact date of which is still to be confirmed.
This tripartite Memorandum will establish a framework for cooperation aimed at creating the conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their places of origin or of their choosing. Since the conditions are not conducive for voluntary return yet, the MoU is the first and necessary step to support the Government’s efforts to change that situation and is also intended to support recovery and resilience-based development for the benefit of all communities living in Rakhine State.
May 29, 2018
Myanmar: UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict engages with Myanmar on better protecting children affected by armed conflict
NEW YORK, 29 May 2018
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, visited Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw from 27 to 29 May 2018.
During her visit she met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; the Deputy Commander in Chief of Defense Services Vice Senior General Soe Win; the Minister of Defense Lt. General Sein Win; the Minister of International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin; the Minister of Labor, Immigration and Population, H.E U Thein Swe; the Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo; the Director General of Social Welfare, Dr. San San Aye, the Joint Monitoring Committee; and with representatives of the United Nations country team, the international community and civil society.
May 15, 2018
Statement by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ai in Myanmar Knut Ostby on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Eleven UN agencies and Embassies are flying the rainbow flag today in support of diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) in Myanmar on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
This day marks the decision of the World Health Organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990.
Since then, we have seen encouraging progress worldwide. Almost 40 countries now legally recognize same-sex couples. Some are looking at making it easier for transgender people to have their gender legally recognized.
However, the progress is not even. Discrimination persists in many countries on grounds of sexual orientation and LGBTI people face stigma, violence and human rights abuse.
Myanmar, like many countries in the region, has old colonial laws criminalizing same-sex relations. While these are rarely enforced, they nevertheless contribute to a hostile environment for LGBTI people.
May 13, 2018
Statement by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ai in Myanmar Knut Ostby on security situation in Muse Township
I have been following with concern the reports of numerous civilian casualties resulting from recent clashes between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Government security forces in Muse Township in Northern Shan State.
I urge all relevant parties to exercise maximum restraint in protecting the civilian population from further casualties, and to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected communities.
The armed conflict continues to extract a heavy toll upon Myanmar society, and I express my sincere condolences to all families that have lost loved ones in this incident.
The UN encourages all parties to re-double their efforts to advance the Peace Process, and offers its full support to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
May 2, 2018
Statement by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Knut Ostby, ten years after Cyclone Nargis
(Yangon, 2 May 2018): “Ten years ago today, Myanmar was devastated by cyclone Nargis – by far the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. The cyclone made landfall near Hainggyikyun in Ayeyarwady Region on 2 May 2008, with wind speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, accompanied by heavy rain and storm surges of up to 12 metres in certain areas. The cyclone left approximately 140,000 people dead or unaccounted for, with close to 2.4 million people affected in 37 townships in Ayeyarwady and Yangon regions.
On behalf of the United Nations, on this day that marks ten years since Cyclone Nargis, I would like to commemorate all those who died and who lost their loved ones in the tragic disaster. At the same time, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the strength and resilience of the people of Myanmar. Not only did they show courage in rebuilding their lives and their ruined communities in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, but – drawing from the lessons of this disaster – they have contributed since then to Government-led efforts to reduce risks and to enhance disaster preparedness and response.
Apr 20, 2018
Statement by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Knut Ostby on Kachin State
(Yangon, 20 April 2018): “I am deeply concerned about reports of an escalation in armed conflict in several areas of Kachin State since 7 April. I have been particularly alarmed of reports of civilian casualties and the plight of communities affected by the fighting in Tanai and Hpakant townships, while other areas have been gravely affected as well. This includes possibly up to 2,000 people who reportedly have been displaced from Awng Lawt, Sut Ring Yang and Sut Ra villages in Tanai Township. They are said to be sheltering in a remote forest area and unable to leave. These civilians include women, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, children, elderly people, sick and injured people, who are in a dire situation and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection. In Hpakant, civilians in Hlaing Naung Hku village are similarly reported to be unable to leave the area affected by fighting to safer locations.
Mar 28, 2018
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Myanmar
The Secretary-General is shocked at reports today of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General U Min Aung Hlaing. He urges all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony.
Such leadership is critically needed to advance institutional measures to combat discrimination and implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission.
The Secretary-General 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. Meanwhile, it is critical that conditions are put in place to ensure that the Rohingya are able to return home voluntarily, in safety and in dignity.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 26 March 2018
Mar 13, 2018
Statement on inaccurate references to the use of international guidelines on urban and territorial planning in Rakhine State
The United Nations in Myanmar wishes to clarify inaccurate references to international guidelines on urban and territorial planning for prospective returnees in an article published by 7 Days news on 13 March 2018 and an article published by RFA on 23 February 2018.
The international guidelines on Housing and Property Restitution and Urban and Territorial Planning provide guidance for urban development in the context of resettlement. They apply to refugees and displaced persons who were arbitrarily or unlawfully deprived of their former homes, lands, properties or places of habitual residence, regardless of the circumstances by which displacement occurred.
Human rights protection is at the core of the guidelines. The principles do not call for land clearance or leveling of villages, as is inaccurately suggested in the concerned articles. The principles promote inclusive planning process with the participation of returning communities.
Mar 7, 2018
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Remarks at the 2018 International Women’s Day event in Nay Pyi Taw
Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am pleased to be here today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day to deliver the message from the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The importance of the Secretary-General's statement lies in the fact that across the world terrible injustices continue to happen to women -- and much more needs to be done for women's equality and empowerment.
Since ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1997, nearly 21 years ago, Myanmar has made many efforts to fulfill its treaty obligations.
For example, the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women, for example, offers an integrated approach to improving the situation of women and girls in Myanmar, to realize women's rights.
The work on the law on Prevention of Violence Against Women is also an important step forward, and we are happy to continue our support towards finalizing the law.
A strengthened civil society and more enabling policy environment has paved the way for an increase in the participation of girls and women in education and in the economy.
All these efforts are noteworthy. At the same time as true friends of Myanmar we cannot ignore the challenges that Myanmar faces.
Mar 5, 2018
Statement: UNHCR appeals for protection of Rohingya currently trapped on Myanmar-Bangladesh border
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the safety of a group of vulnerable Rohingya women, men, and children from Myanmar, who have been living in a so-called “no man’s land” near the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh since the end of August 2017. UNHCR is closely following the developments after they were reportedly ordered to vacate the area by the Myanmar authorities.
UNHCR underscores that everyone has the right to seek asylum, just as they also have the right to return home when they deem the time and circumstances right. People who have fled violence in their country must be granted safety and protection and any decision to return must be voluntary and based upon a free and informed choice.
Feb 27, 2018
UN Secretary General remarks to Human Rights Council
As this is the first time I have the opportunity to address a UN body after the Security Council resolution of last Saturday on Syria, allow me please to say a few words in that regard.
As you know I welcome the Security Council’s adoption of a resolution demanding a cessation of hostilities throughout Syria for at least 30 days.
But Security Council resolutions are only meaningful if they are effectively implemented.
And that is why I expect the resolution to be immediately implemented and sustained, particularly to ensure the immediate, safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services, the evacuation of the critically sick and the wounded and the alleviation of the suffering of the Syrian people.
As you know, the United Nations is ready to do its part.
As I had the opportunity to say in the Security Council itself a few days ago, in particular eastern Ghouta cannot wait.
It is high time to stop this hell on earth.
Feb 26, 2018
Speech by H.E. Dorothee Janetze-Wenzel, Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany On behalf of the Cooperation Partner Group (CPG)
Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen
Mingalabar Shin. Both, the Resident Coordinator and I are speaking on behalf of the Cooperation Partners Group or CPG, an inclusive and democratic group that enables bilateral donors, UN agencies, and international financial institutions which provide development assistance to speak with one voice.
We very much welcome today’s event as an opportunity for dialogue with the Myanmar Government and hope we can make it as interactive as possible.
We would like to congratulate Myanmar on the substantial achievements – the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, the Development Assistance Policy, and the Sector Coordination Groups – and on having made these within the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the SDGs. We are looking forward to working with the Myanmar Government when now moving from words to action.
Feb 26, 2018
Knut Ostby, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i, Remarks at the Development Effectiveness Roundtable in Nay Pyi Taw
Mingalabar. I’m speaking on behalf of the Cooperation Partners Group or CPG. We welcome today’s Roundtable as an opportunity for an interactive dialogue about sustainable development of Myanmar.
Congratulations to the Government for convening this meeting and for the initiative on the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan and its alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the SDGs. We look forward to supporting its implementation.
We welcome this consultation process and, in particular, the presence of representatives from States and Regions which demonstrates a broad consultative process and support for the Plan and policies.
Feb 22, 2018
New partnership to reach half a million people in Rakhine with humanitarian and development aid
Nay Pyi Taw, 22 February 2018 Representatives of the Governments of Japan and Myanmar and seven United Nations agencies signed today agreements totaling US$ 20 million to implement a number of humanitarian and development projects benefitting people of all communities in Rakhine State.
“This partnership demonstrates the commitment of the international community to help find and implement solutions to the situation in Rakhine State,” said Knut Ostby, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in Myanmar.
The seven agencies, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP will provide a range of food and development assistance throughout Rakhine State. The participating agencies will integrate their activities – in line with the humanitarian-development-peace nexus – to achieve better results.
“Our immediate concern is provision of humanitarian aid to people in need – irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, gender or citizenship status,” added Knut Ostby. “At the same time, more than 40 percent of people in Rakhine live in poverty and we have to reach them with development assistance in order to set the State on the path to peace and inclusive growth.”
The Myanmar’s Minister of Social Welfare, Rehabilitation and Resettlement H.E. Mr. Win Myat Aye, Ambassador of Japan H.E. Mr. Tateshi Higuchi and representatives of the United Nations participated in the signing ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw.
Feb 1, 2018
NDMC Earthquake Simulation Exercise
Excellency Minister of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement, Professor Dr U Win Myat Aye, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung
Director General of the Disaster Management Department, Dr U Ko Ko Naing, I congratulate the department on its new structure and organizing this event.
Officials from State, Regional and national governments, the Military and colleagues from Civil Society, Myanmar Red Cross Society, humanitarian organizations the private sector, UN colleagues
Distinguished Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
A very good morning to you all. Mingalarbar.
It is my greatest pleasure to take part in welcoming you all to this 2-day Earthquake Simulation Exercise, organized under the auspices of the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) and supported by the Disaster Management Department, the Mandalay government and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). As stated in the invitation letter, the main objective of this event is to test the readiness of the NDMC working committees and the regional Government towards an effective response to the potential impacts of national disasters, an example has chosen in this case as a major earthquake in Mandalay, in coordination with other partners.
Jan 24, 2018
Statement on United Nations participation in Myanmar government meetings on health services on 21 January in Sittwe
Several UN agencies were invited to join internal meetings between the Union and State governments in Sittwe on Sunday, 21 January. The discussions covered the extension of Sittwe hospital; the provision of health services on the outskirts of Thet Kel Pyin IDP camp which is designated for closure as part of the implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations; and the provision of health care for returnees, especially pregnant women, mothers and children.
Throughout these discussions, the UN stressed the need for refugees to be consulted and properly informed about what health services they may receive. The UN also emphasized that the return must be voluntary, safe, dignified and to the areas of origin.
The UN in Myanmar remains prepared to work with the government towards finding a long-term solution to this crisis in the interest of all communities in Rakhine State.
Jan 23, 2018
Address by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Knut Ostby, at the event to commemorate the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Yangon University Arts Hall
Excellency U Naing Ngan Lin, Minister for Social Affairs, Yangon Region
Rector of Yangon University, Prof. Dr. Pho Kaung
Ambassador of Israel, Excellency Mr. Daniel Zonshine,
Ambassador of Germany, Excellency Mrs. Dorothee Janerzke- Wenzel
Honored guests, Professors and students from Yangon University, Mingalarbar.
Holocaust - Auk May Bweh - akhann annaar –goh - tet yauk thaw -gonthayay shii - lujee minn myar aalon, Mingalarbar.
(Mingalarbar to all the distinguished guests attending the Holocaust memorial ceremony.)
Allow me to first thank the Ministry of Education and Yangon University for hosting this event and the Embassy of Israel, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe Institute for your kind support in organizing the event today.
At the Sixtieth Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Member States adopted a resolution to commemorate memory of the victims of the Holocaust. United Nations therefore designated 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Jan 17, 2018
UN statement on situation in Mrauk U
The United Nations in Myanmar is following with concern the reports of violent clashes between the police and protesters in Mrauk U in Rakhine State. We deplore the loss of life and injuries that have been reported. We urge respect for the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and call for the security forces and demonstrators to act with restraint and to avoid further violence. We urge authorities to investigate any disproportionate use of force or other illegal actions that may have occurred in relation to this incident.
Jan 17, 2018
UN Secretary General: Remarks at informal meeting of the General Assembly
Let me start by thanking all member states, all of you for your support across our agenda.
I took office last year calling for us to make 2017 a year for peace.
One year later, we must recognize that peace remains elusive.
In fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse.
Conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged.
Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War.
Climate change is moving faster than we are.
Inequalities are growing.
We see horrific violations of human rights.
Nationalism, racism and xenophobia are on the rise.
Dec 15, 2017
United Nations Secretary General: Message on International Migrants Day
On International Migrants Day, we recognize the contributions and celebrate the vitality of the world’s 258 million migrants.
Evidence overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural benefits for societies everywhere. Yet hostility towards migrants is unfortunately growing around the world. Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent.
Migration has always been with us. From time immemorial, people have moved in search of new opportunities and better lives. Climate change, demographics, instability, growing inequalities and aspirations for a better life – as well as unmet needs in labour markets – mean it is here to stay.
Dec 14, 2017
Census Closure Event: Speech of the UN Resident Coordinator (14 December 2017)
I am delighted to be here representing the United Nations on this ceremony to mark the end stage of the 2014 Myanmar Population and Household Census. I congratulate the Government and the people of Myanmar for having completed this enormous task. It was not an easy undertaking. No census is. It was a massive physical, technical, logistical, statistical operation involving thousands of people in its making, with numerous specialists with experience of censuses in countries in different situations from across the world. On top of it, it was politically sensitive and took place at a time when trust was at a low ebb. I therefore recognize the donors who supported this through financing as well as technical assistance over almost five years. It could not have been done without their involvement and partnership.
Dec 7, 2017
United Nations Secretary General: Message for Human Rights Day 2017
This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every human being and stipulates that every government has a core duty to enable all people to enjoy all their inalienable rights and freedoms.
All of us have a right to speak freely and participate in decisions that affect our lives. We all have a right to live free from all forms of discrimination. We have a right to education, health care, economic opportunities and a decent standard of living. We have rights to privacy and justice. These rights are relevant to all of us, every day. They are the foundation of peaceful societies and sustainable development.
Dec 7, 2017
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL: MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION AND DIGNITY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE AND OF THE PREVENTION OF THIS CRIME
Throughout history and still today, genocide has inflicted profound and painful losses on all humanity. In 1948, with the unanimous adoption by the General Assembly of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Member States recognized a common interest and duty to safeguard groups from threats to their very existence. Coming so soon after the Holocaust and the Second World War, the Convention embodied a collective determination to protect people from brutality and to prevent any future such horror.
Genocide does not happen by accident; it is deliberate, with warning signs and precursors. Often it is the culmination of years of exclusion, denial of human rights and other wrongs. Since genocide can take place in times of war and in times of peace, we must be ever-vigilant.
Dec 2, 2017
Speech delivered by Mr. Knut Ostby, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i., on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Excellency, Dr. Win Myat Aye, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement;
Excellencies – Union Ministers; Deputy Ministers; Representatives from the Government of the Union of Myanmar; Members of Parliament; Representatives from Civil Society, especially those that are representing people with disabilities; Distinguished Representatives from the Diplomatic Corps; Civil Society; Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen –
Min-ga-lar-ba. And a very good morning.
It gives me great pleasure to speak today, as we observe yet again the day to celebrate the abilities of People with Disabilities (or PWD).
This day – the international day for people with disabilities has been celebrated since 1993 – so for the past 24 years. This year, we mark this special occasion under the theme of “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
The theme calls for renewing our commitment to the core principle of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) of leaving no one behind. Thematic discussions on and around disability are referenced in various parts of the SDGs. Most notably in sections related to education, growth and employment inequality, and accessibilities of human settlements, amongst others.
Nov 7, 2017
Security Council Presidential Statement Calls on Myanmar to End Excessive Military Force, Intercommunal Violence in Rakhine State
Permanent Representative Says Text Places Undue Political Pressure on Government
Calling on the Myanmar Government to end the excessive military force and intercommunal violence that had devastated the Rohingya community in Rakhine State, the Security Council this afternoon urged the implementation of agreed upon mechanisms to assist return of those who have fled and to ensure access for humanitarian aid.
Through a statement read out by Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), its President for November, the Council condemned attacks against the Myanmar security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on 25 August, while strongly condemning violence and abuses that had taken place since then that had displaced more than 607,000 people, the vast majority Rohingya, citing reports of systematic killing, sexual violence and destruction of homes.
Oct 30, 2017
Statement on the appointment of Knut Ostby of Norway as ad interim UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar
The United Nations has appointed Knut Ostby of Norway as ad interim United Nations Resident Coordinator in Myanmar where he will serve also on an ad interim basis as the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme. Mr. Ostby will serve in these functions from 1 November until further notice.
Mr. Ostby succeeds Renata Lok-Dessallien who will take on another assignment at headquarters after completing her tenure in Myanmar. The Secretary-General is grateful for Ms. Lok-Dessallien’s important contribution and service to United Nation’s work in Myanmar.
Mr. Ostby has extensive experience in development, human rights and humanitarian affairs from 17 countries and has served as United Nations Resident Coordinator for more than 11 years including in Timor Leste since 2013. Prior to that, he was United Nations Resident Coordinator in Fiji and nine other Pacific countries, and before that in Iran.
During his career with the United Nations, Mr. Ostby has held leadership positions in Afghanistan, Malaysia, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and at headquarters in Copenhagen and New York.
Mr. Ostby holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, and has conducted studies in development theory with the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married and has three children.
Oct 19, 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
Oct 17, 2017
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.
Oct 11, 2017
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
Oct 10, 2017
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.
Oct 1, 2017
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.
Sep 29, 2017
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.
Sep 28, 2017
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.
Sep 25, 2017
Secretary General remarks to ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting
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
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
Sep 21, 2017
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.
Sep 21, 2017
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.
Aug 28, 2017
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.
Aug 27, 2017
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.
Aug 25, 2017
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.
Aug 25, 2017
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.
Aug 14, 2017
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.
Jul 11, 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.
Jun 27, 2017
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.
Jun 22, 2017
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.
Jun 20, 2017
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.
Jun 18, 2017
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.
Jun 15, 2017
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.
May 25, 2017
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.
May 14, 2017
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.
May 4, 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.”
May 4, 2017
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.
Apr 5, 2017
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.
Apr 2, 2017
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.
Mar 21, 2017
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.
Mar 21, 2017
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.
Mar 9, 2017
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL: H. E. Antonio Guterres WRITTEN MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Mar 8, 2017
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.
Feb 15, 2017
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.
Feb 15, 2017
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.
Feb 1, 2017
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.
Jan 30, 2017
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Press Statement
Jan 4, 2017
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.
Dec 19, 2016
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien: Press Statement
Dec 15, 2016
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.
Dec 15, 2016
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.
Dec 14, 2016
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.
Dec 11, 2016
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.
Dec 9, 2016
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.
Dec 1, 2016
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.
Nov 30, 2016
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.
Nov 29, 2016
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).
Nov 15, 2016
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.
Nov 15, 2016
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.
Nov 9, 2016
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.
Oct 29, 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.
Oct 25, 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.
Oct 21, 2016
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
Oct 19, 2016
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
Oct 17, 2016
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.
Oct 6, 2016
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.
Sep 20, 2016
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.
Sep 18, 2016
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.
Aug 30, 2016
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.
Aug 25, 2016
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.
Aug 19, 2016
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.
Aug 19, 2016
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.
Jul 26, 2016
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.
Jul 5, 2016
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.
Jul 5, 2016
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.