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31 Oct 2017 description

31 October 2017

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.

02 Oct 2017 description

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.

25 Aug 2017 description

25 August 2017 - The UN condemns 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.

12 May 2017 description

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.

30 Jan 2017 description

Yangon, Myanmar, 30 January, 2017. The UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar condemns in the strongest terms the killing of U Ko Ni who was shot dead at the Yangon airport on 29 January, 2017 and expresses her sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of U Ko Ni. She also condemns the killing of U Nay Win who made a heroic attempt to apprehend the assailant, extends her heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and co-workers, and salutes his bravery and sacrifice.

21 Dec 2016 description

Yangon, Myanmar, 20 Dec 2016 – On behalf of the UN system in Myanmar, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Renata Dessallien welcomes the convening by the Government of Myanmar of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on 19 December in Yangon and its outcome.

The UN system has repeatedly condemned the attacks that began in Maungdaw and Rathedaung in Rakhine State on 9 October, expressed condolences for the loss of life and urged restraint, full humanitarian access and independent and a credible investigation into allegations of serious human rights violations.

12 Oct 2016 description

The UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar strongly condemns the violent attacks and killings in Maungdaw district. She has expressed to the authorities her condolences for the death of the border guard police personnel and is deeply saddened by all loss of life. She is also very concerned about the unfolding situation and has conveyed this to the Government. The UN continues to follow the situation, urging that rule of law be fully respected, civilians be protected and all efforts made to deescalate tensions.

14 Jun 2016 description
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(YANGON: 14 June 2016): Heavy monsoon rains since the beginning of June have caused flooding in five states and regions of Myanmar. According to the initial reports from the Government Relief and Resettlement Department, at least 26,000 people are affected in Ayeyarwady, Bago and Sagaing regions as well as Chin and Rakhine states. A total of 14 deaths have been reported from the Union-level Relief and Resettlement Department, media sources and the Rakhine State Government.

20 Apr 2016 description
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Statement attributable to Ms Janet Jackson, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (A.I.) in Myanmar

(YANGON: 20 April 2016). I was deeply saddened by the tragedy which unfolded on 19 April when a boat locally reported to be transporting more than 60 people capsized in rough waters near Thae Chaung in Sittwe Township.

14 Apr 2016 description
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(YANGON: 14 April 2016). A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Sagaing region in north- western Myanmar on 13 April at 20:27 local time (13:55 UTC, 13 April 2016). The United Nations and partners are working closely with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, in particular with the Department of Relief and Resettlement and local authorities as well as with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology to determine the impact of the earthquake.

14 Mar 2016 description
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Yangon, 12 March 2016 – Today, the Government of Myanmar released 46 children and young people who were recruited and used by the Armed Forces. This is the first discharge to take place in 2016.

02 Mar 2016 description

Yangon, 2 March, 2016.- The United Nations expresses its deep concern over rising tensions and armed clashes in Northern Shan State which are having a direct and negative impact on the civilian population. While the fighting has subsided in recent days and some people have been able to return home, nearly 3,400 people remain displaced in Kyaukme Township and over 1,200 displaced people are still in shelters in Mong Wee, Namhkam Township. The UN, along with the Government and other actors, has provided relief materials and services.

26 Nov 2015 description

Yangon, Myanmar – On behalf of the United Nations, I extend our most heartfelt condolences on the heavy toll that the landslide in Hpa Khant, Kachin State took in the hours of the 21st November 2015. I am deeply saddened by the over 100 lives that this tragic landslide has claimed and extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to all affected people.

27 Aug 2015 description
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(Yangon, 27 August 2015): Four weeks after devastating floods hit large swathes of Myanmar, many communities in the delta region are still under water. They can only be reached by boat, surviving on government and international support, as well as on donations that all walks of society have offered in a remarkable outpouring of solidarity and generosity.

15 Aug 2015 description

Nay Pyi Taw, 14 August 2015

Excellencies Dr. Daw Mya Mya Ohn Khin, U Kyaw Lwin and Dr. Kan Zaw,

Deputy Ministers, Senior Government Representatives,

Ambassadors, Representatives from partner organisations and my fellow UN colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the international humanitarian community, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to you for organizing this meeting.

12 Aug 2015 description

(Yangon, 12 August 2015) Today I returned from Kale Township in Sagaing Region, where I visited communities affected by the floods and observed ongoing relief efforts. I was joined by government officials, several ambassadors, NGOs and UN colleagues.

01 Aug 2015 description

I am very concerned by the extensive flooding that has caused loss of life and property in several areas of Myanmar over the past days.

On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families of victims and to all communities affected by the floods.

I commend the ongoing efforts being led by the Myanmar authorities and military, civil society groups, local organizations, and the Myanmar Red Cross Society.

25 May 2015 description

Yangon, Myanmar - On 22 May a joint visit to Rakhine took place with Mr. Vijay Nambiar the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Ms. Renata Dessallien the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, and senior Representatives of the UN System in Myanmar. The visit was in the context of the ongoing “boat crisis” in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal as well as the UN’s ongoing focus on the humanitarian and development situation in Rakhine State.

01 Apr 2015 description
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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.

30 Mar 2015 description

(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.