Partnership between UNDP and Finland supports Democratic Governance in Myanmar

Sep 12, 2014

Mr. Haoliang Xu who is on an official visit to Myanmar witnesses the signing of an agreement between UNDP and the Government of Finland

Yangon - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Finland have signed an agreement which would see Finland contribute 2 million euros (approximately USD $ 2.6 million) towards UNDP’s work on strengthening democratic governance in Myanmar.

UNDP’s works with government, parliament, judiciary and civil society to promote democratic governance, the rule of law, and the advancement of human rights in order to support the country’s reforms and strengthen foundations for inclusive growth and sustainable development in Myanmar.

“This partnership with Finland will contribute significantly to UNDP’s efforts to invest in accountable and responsive public institutions and make a big difference enhancing trust between the state and society,” said Toily Kurbanov, Country Director for UNDP Myanmar.

The funds from Finland will contribute to the achievement of Myanmar’s priorities in the areas of: improving planning and statistical capacities; enhancing legislative processes; supporting rule of law and accessible and fair justice; and enabling civil service to become more accountable and responsive to the needs of the people. In line with best practices of international development assistance, the funding is provided on programme basis, i.e. not earmarked towards specific activities or projects, thus enabling strategic and flexible leveraging in funds in support of larger reform objectives, as well as reducing transaction costs for development actors involved.

Finnish Charge d’Affaires in Myanmar, Jarmo Kuuttila noted that “Finland is committed to supporting the process of transformation in Myanmar, of which the promotion of good governance and respect for human rights is a critical part. We are confident that UNDP’s work with the government, the parliament and the judiciary, as well as civil society, can positively contribute to that process.”

The agreement was signed by Jarmo Kuuttila, Charge d’Affaires of the Diplomatic Mission of Finland in Myanmar and Mr. Toily Kurbanov, UNDP’s Country Director in Myanmar, in Yangon today, in the presence of the UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator Mr. Haoliang Xu who is on an official visit to Myanmar, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Mrs. Renata Lok-Dessallien.

UNDP’s democratic governance work in Myanmar is also financially supported by the peoples and governments of Australia, Denmark and Japan.

For further information, contact:

Shobhna Decloitre, UNDP Communications Specialist on Shobhna.decloitre@undp.org or  Tel: +95 (0) 9250345158

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