Myanmar Marks UNDP 50th Anniversary

Feb 17, 2016

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Renata Dessallien speaks about UNDP's achievements in Myanmar on the occasion of UNDP's 50th anniversary.

[Yangon – 17 February] The United Nations premises in Yangon was a hive of activity this afternoon, with current and former UN Development Programme (UNDP) staff and partners coming together to mark 50 years of the organisation. UNDP’s journey in Myanmar, spanning five decades was portrayed through a photo, publication and story exhibition, and was complemented by testimonials from former and current staff in person and through a video specially produced for the occasion.

“Throughout our long-term presence in Myanmar, UNDP had 3 distinct phases which came in succession in response to the country’s changing context. At present, UNDP is responding to Myanmar’s transition and development needs focusing on the areas of democratic governance, rule of law, local governance, and disaster risk reduction. Earlier this week, UNDP launched the Parliamentary Induction Programme, which will allow the new MPs to better represent the people they serve and build a stronger, safer, more equitable and unified Myanmar,” said Ms. Renata Dessallien, the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, speaking at the event.

The first phase lasted from late 1960s to early 1990s. and during this period UNDP worked on technical assistance and development projects mostly through specialized agencies of the UN system.

The second phase of UNDP in Myanmar was that of the “Human Development Initiative,” which started in the early 1990s and ended in 2012 and was known for UNDP’s strong community-level presence, when UNDP helped to establish livelihoods, provide access to safe drinking water and being first to introduce in Myanmar the micro-finance and micro-credit services.  

The third, current phase started in 2012 with the historic opening of the country, the lifting of international sanctions, and mandate restrictions on UNDP.

The celebration in Yangon, came a week ahead of UNDP’s 50th anniversary, on February 24.
UNDP was created after the merger of the United Nations Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, created in 1949, and the United Nations Special Fund, established in 1958. UNDP was established in 1965 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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