UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Myanmar will be completing tour of duty end of this month

Writer: 
Nyein Ko
Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Myanmar, has two weeks to leave Myanmar. (Photo-UNDP)

The Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar announced on October 11 that Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Myanmar, who took up her tour of duty in 2014, would be completing her assignment at the end of this month.

In her statement, she said that she would use her remaining time until the end of that month to further the UN system’s efforts to promote peace and security, human rights, as well as humanitarian and development assistance for all people in Myanmar.

Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Myanmar, said: “I will continue to urge for the end of violence in the northern townships of Rakhine State, to allow full access for humanitarian aid, and to ensure the safe, dignified and sustainable return of refugees and IDPs to their places of origin.

“The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator expresses her gratitude to the Government and the people of Myanmar for the opportunity to serve in the country. She thanks her UN colleagues and partners for their exceptional commitment to promoting UN principles. She also appreciates the Secretary-General’s confidence in the UN team in Myanmar.”

Although Renata Lok-Dessallien will be completing her tour of duty in Myanmar, she will take up another assignment at the United Nations Headquarters, according to sources.

Renata Lok-Dessallien is the first woman to serve as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Myanmar. Ms. Lok- Dessallien has served as Resident Coordinator for the last 10 years, first in Bhutan, Bangladesh and most recently in China.

Regarding the completion of the assignment of Renata Lok-Dessallien in Myanmar, BBC expressed its news with the headline of ‘UN recalls top official Lok-Dessallien’.

Renata Lok-Dessallien was the focus of a BBC investigation last month in which she was accused of suppressing internal discussion on Rohingya Muslims, said a source of BBC’s Myanmar Version.

Lok-Dessallien had tried to stop human rights activists travelling to Rohingya areas and attempted to shut down public advocacy on the subject. Two weeks ago the UN secretary-general said he had full confidence in Ms Dessallien, said a source of BBC’s Myanmar Version.

The BBC’s Myanmar Version pointed out that the transfer of Lok-Dessallien to another assignment seemed to be very fast compared with the standard of the UN as she would leave Myanmar until the end of that month.