- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 2 | 1 – 28 February 2015
- GFDDR: Another Nargis Strikes Every Day: Post-Nargis Social Impacts Monitoring Five Years On
- UNHCR: Forced Migration and the Myanmar Peace Process
Appeals & Funding
NEW YORK, 31 March 2015 – “The successful conclusion of a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of 16 ethnic armed groups is welcome news for children in Myanmar, who have suffered from some of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.
At this historic juncture in Myanmar’s history, on behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar, I wish to join Mr. Vijay Nambiar, the Special Advisor to the Secretary General to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all parties on reaching the agreement on the text of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). This achievement is an occasion for celebration for all people in Myanmar.
Snapshot 25–31 March 2015
Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.
Today, on the 31st of March 2015, after more than a year of negotiations, the Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) have agreed on the text of a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) for Myanmar. For the government of Myanmar and 16 Ethnic Armed Groups to reach a ceasefire agreement after more than sixty years of conflict is a historic and significant achievement.
By KO KO KYI
A number of residents in the Irrawaddy Division town of Myanaung are suffering from a shortage of fresh water as local wells dry up in the heat of dry season.
“We have to buy fresh water and sometimes have to hike up to the creek to bathe,” said a local man in Myanaung ward 4.
A woman from the ward 6 neighbourhood added: “I am so frustrated that I want to move away, but I cannot afford to.”
YANGON, 26 March 2015 – Grete Faremo, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, urged Myanmar to continue extending essential healthcare to poor and vulnerable communities, and pledged support to the country’s health systems.
Ms. Faremo made her comments during a visit to Pakokku Township, Magway Region, where she saw auxiliary midwives being trained under a programme funded by the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG).
This month we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We took two 4×4 trucks, kindly donated by Dave, and drove to Bon Luk. We had two doctors, one nurse and one physiotherapist in the team. Our medical teams of Dr Laura and Dr Tass saw 46 patients with Bebee helping with translation and Chloe and Charlotte recording patient data.
YANGON, 27 March 2015–UN Under Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director, Grete Faremo, visited a rural microfinance project in Pakokku, operated by Pact Global Microfinance (PGMF).
The Pakokku branch is part of a larger project that was set up with funding from the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), managed by UNOPS. The project provides poor and vulnerable households in the country with access to financial services. After only three years, the project is now fully self–financing, allowing the Fund to end its financial contribution.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:37 GMT
BANGKOK, March 30 (Reuters) - Thai authorities said on Monday they had found a group of 76 migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, including six suspected Rohingya, in a sign that one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes is still thriving despite Bangkok's vow to stamp out trafficking.
Protracted conflict between Government of Burma (GoB) forces and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) continue to cause widespread displacement and insecurity in Kokang self-administered zone
The GoB declares a 90-day state of emergency and imposes martial law in Kokang
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) Renata Dessallien condemned attack on Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) convoy
(Yangon, 30 March 2015): “I am very saddened by the death of Moe Kyaw Than, a volunteer for the Myanmar Red Cross Society who last Friday lost his battle for life after sustaining gunshot wounds in the line of duty in Kokang, Myanmar. On behalf of the United Nations, my sincere condolences go out to his family and to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for their loss. This tragedy serves as a sober reminder of the dangers faced by humanitarian workers and of the bravery of national staff in particular.
Yangon, Myanmar | | Monday 3/30/2015 - 14:11 GMT
by Nan Tin HTWE
Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government.
The tentative deal, which comes as heavy fighting between the military and rebel groups continues to ravage a northern border area, sets out the framework for a countrywide ceasefire -- a key target of the government as the nation heads towards crucial elections later this year.
WFP aims to achieve significant gains in reducing hunger and undernutrition in the coming years by implementing and developing—through effective partnerships—innovative nutrition and hunger solutions and responding to emergencies.
To underpin the ambitious development agenda of the Government of Bangladesh, WFP focuses on enhancing the Government’s safety net programmes and on mainstreaming nutrition. WFP’s interventions are geographically directed to areas of greatest food insecurity and vulnerability, increasingly to urban slum areas.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Rice production in 2014 forecast at good level
Cereal exports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)
Prices of rice rose slightly in February and were marginally above their levels of a year earlier
Food insecurity remains a concern in some areas
Rice production in 2014 forecast at good level
WFP Executive Director’s visit: Executive Director Ms. Ertharin Cousin visited Myanmar from 10 to 12 March with UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark. On 11 March, Ms. Cousin and Ms. Clark visited Sittwe town, Rakhine State where they met with State Chief Minister H.E. U Maung Maung Ohn and discussed priorities for continued humanitarian assistance and scaled-up development support by UN agencies in Rakhine State. Ms. Cousin and Ms. Clark visited a WFP assisted Muslim IDP camp and a UNDP assisted Rakhine village.
27 March 2015
Council to Hold a Special Session on 1 April in Light of the Terrorist Attacks and Human Rights Abuses Committed by the Terrorist Group Boko Haram
The Human Rights Council this morning adopted 10 resolutions, in which it extended the mandate of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, and the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Myanmar.
Nairobi, 27 March 2015—With the contribution of USD50.93 million from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat will implement projects in Asia, Arab States and Africa.