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Department of Political Affairs

Myanmar

SG with Myanmar children

The current civilian Government of Myanmar headed by President U Thein Sein took office after the November 2010 general elections and launched its democratic reform process. Since then, the country has witnessed the opening up and modernization of its economy, the introduction of greater personal and media freedoms, a vibrantly functioning Parliament and an active civil society. A range of stakeholders including to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of National League for Democracy as well as other leaders and parties are actively engaged on issues of democratization including constitutional reform as the country prepares itself for the next general elections that is slated to be held by the end of 2015.

The Good Offices of the Secretary General continues to work in pursuance of General Assembly mandated objectives (i.e. respect for human rights, democratic transition and national reconciliation). The Secretary-General’s three-pillar approach of engagement in the political, humanitarian and development areas provides a guiding framework for the Good Offices with regard to its work in Myanmar. This requires an enhanced UN coordination role including among donor countries to maximize support to Myanmar and the fulfilment of its mandate.