• 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 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    [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

    [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

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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