Unofficial summary provided by United Nations Press Service
U WUNNA MAUNG LWIN (Myanmar) said that in a world plagued by conflict, terrorism and transnational crime, it was more critical than ever to promote a culture of peace. Myanmar, surrounded by five countries, lived peacefully with its neighbours by adhering to the principles of mutual respect and understanding of different cultures. It was committed to maintaining peace with its neighbours and with countries worldwide. A culture of understanding and mutual respect had helped Myanmar bring peace throughout most of the country, which was comprised of nearly 100 different groups. To bring peace to its border areas, it was particularly focusing on economic development and poverty alleviation.
Recognizing the diverse cultures and religions of its people, religious feast days of all faiths were observed as holidays and Government leaders participated in the observances of holidays of a variety of faiths, he said. It was fitting to include children’s issues in the culture of peace. Myanmar had enunciated the National Plan of Action for the promotion, protection and development of children and had included human rights education in school curricula. His country had also made significant progress in achieving gender equality. To fulfil commitments made in the “Beijing+10” process, Myanmar had formed the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation in December 2003, an umbrella organization for non-governmental organizations working on women’s issues.