Australia, UNDP Strengthen Partnership to Support Myanmar's Reforms

Jun 12, 2013

Yangon - The Australian Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement on 11 June to help the Government of Myanmar implement its reform strategies.

Australia has contributed AUD$2 million to the agreement which will support democratic governance in Myanmar.

The agreement was signed by AusAID Counsellor Michael Hassett, and UNDP Country Director Toily Kurbanov.

“As part of UNDP’s democratic governance programme these funds will be directed to building capacity of effective and people-centered governance institutions in Myanmar. We are encouraged by the confidence of our national counterparts and grateful for the support from the Government of Australia,” Mr. Kurbanov said.  

Australia’s funding to UNDP represents one of its first investments of the AUD$20 million Myanmar – Australia Partnership for Reform, which was announced during President Thein Sein’s visit to Australia in March this year.

“The Partnership for Reform will help Myanmar strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, advance the rule of law and improve economic governance, providing the building blocks to deliver much-needed services to the poor” Mr. Hassett said.

Support to democratic governance is one of three major components of UNDP’s country programme being implemented from 2013 to 2015, and the other two being local governance, and environmental governance and disaster risk reduction.

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