Yangon, Myanmar, 18 March 2013. A United Nations delegation wrapped-up a 10-day visit to the Union of Myanmar today. Delegates from 21 Member States travelled to Myanmar from New York and Rome to meet with government authorities, parliamentarians and important stakeholders in Yangon and Naypyidaw, as well as in several localities in Central Myanmar (Dry Zone), Rakhine and Southern Shan.
The delegates, representatives of the Executive Boards of six Funds and Programmes of the United Nations Development System, observed first-hand how the United Nations is working to support Myanmar to achieve its national development objectives and build partnerships with national institutions, as well as the country’s burgeoning civil society and private sectors.
Myanmar was chosen for this year’s Joint Field Visit of the United Nations Funds and Programmes as a recognition of its rapidly changing development landscape and its efforts to achieve the internationally-agreed Millenium Development Goals and improve the lives of its people.
The encouraging changes that the country has made in the political, economic and institutional areas were welcomed by the delegation, which highlighted their positive effects for social inclusion and the improvement of human development indicators, through the planning and implementation of “people-centric” policies and programmes.
The delegation focused on how the United Nations Development System cooperates with the Government of Myanmar to tackle developmental and humanitarian challenges through projects aimed at poverty erradication, good governance and gender equality, among other issues. The importance of taking into account long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability was also highlighted during the visit.
The representatives of the United Nations Funds and Programmes thanked the Government and the People of Myanmar for their hospitality and renewed their commitment to continue working in a coordinated way in the future.
Participating United Nations Member State delegates: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Estonia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand. The Delegation was led by the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Organizations based in Rome, Ambassador Antonino Marques Porto e Santos.
Executive Boards of United Nations Funds and Programmes represented: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
Places visited by the delegation: Yangon and Naypyidaw, as well as several localities in Central Myanmar (Dry Zone; Mandalay, Yezagyo, Nyaung U and Pakokku Townships), Rakhine State (Sittwe and Pauktaw Townships) and Southern Shan State (Kalaw, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and HsiHseng Townships).
High-level meetings held by the delegation: H. E. Union Vice-President U Nyan Tun; Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament (Amyotha Hluttaw), H. E. U Khin Aung Myint; Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament (Pyithu Hluttaw), H. E. Thura U Shwe Mahn; Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Planning and Health, as well as representatives from other ministries; H. E. Chief ustice U Tun Tun Oo; H. E. Attorney General U Tun Shin; Member of Parliament, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Chief Ministers and other authorities of Rakhine and Shan States; several authorities at the Township level.