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UN in Myanmar identifies strategic priorities for the future

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Yangon, 15 March 2011 ---- Four strategic priorities and key elements of the new Strategic Framework for the United Nations in Myanmar were presented today at the monthly Humanitarian Partnership Group meeting, attended by over 80 experts, heads of missions and UN agencies, diplomats and aid workers.

The priorities, which are the result of extensive analysis of humanitarian and development challenges in the country, will guide UN engagement and programming and form the basis of a new Strategic Framework for the period 2012-2015. "The UN Strategic Framework aims to be a collective, coherent and integrated programming and monitoring framework for UN contributions in Myanmar, based on the UN's comparative advantages.

The UN Strategic Framework is based on the analyses of the country's situation, development challenges that it faces and opportunities ahead of it," said Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, who chaired the meeting.

The UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator explained that consultations had been held with focal points from all relevant government ministries, the latest in February. Based on these consultations it had been agreed that UN engagement would focus on four Strategic Priorities, namely:

1. Encourage inclusive growth (both rural and urban), including agricultural development and enhancement of employment opportunities

2. Increase equitable access to quality social services

3. Reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change

4. Promote good governance and strengthen democratic institutions and rights.