Rising inequality threatens to derail, from the start, successful implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. Stronger, more equitable social protection will be critical in overcoming these challenges.
During the hard years of military dictatorship, relations between Britain and Myanmar were often tense. The BBC would get rough treatment from its Myanmar counterparts. Sometimes it was even accused of broadcasting a “sky full of lies”.
In presenting her annual report on human rights in Myanmar this week, the UN’s special rapporteur Yanghee Lee called on the incoming NLD government to undertake a list of key actions in its first 100 days.
Buried among the 169 targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – adopted by the United Nations last September amid back-slapping by world leaders, aid donors and non-governmental organisations – was the vital pledge to eliminate “preventable child deaths” by 2030. It is a cause for our generation, but one that will take a lot more than UN communiqués to advance.
In the years after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest ended in 2010, she has gone about reacquainting herself with the wider world. Among all the usual high-level meetings – presidents, prime ministers and more – she has ended up spending a fair bit of time with university leaders.
If child prostitution, animal cruelty and general lawlessness are your idea of a dream holiday, then you’re in luck. As The Myanmar Times reported last week, local travel company Thu Kha Lan Nyun is to start offering excursions to the casino city of Mong La, a notorious den of vice and debauchery in eastern Shan State.