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Centennial Celebration
The year 2009 was the centennial birth anniversary of U Thant who was born on January 22, 1909  in a town of Pantanaw,Myanmar. 
A Day of Commemoration was organized by the U Thant Institute, celebrating the legacy of U Thant with His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban Soon-taek as honored guests at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room on June 3, 2009.
The FAC Programme Launch MISSION: To advance peace through education and promote intercultural understanding. GOAL: To create a network of young students from middle schools around the world who will, through their connections with one another, practice tolerance, cooperation and mutual understanding and realize the value of diversity, as well as address the need to develop a spirit of “One World.”
Mr. Ban Ki-moon at U Thant's Mausoleum
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lays a wreath at the mausoleum of third UN Secretary-General U Thant in Yangon on 23 May, 2008. He was in Myanmar for talk with the Government for a  full-scale international relief effort three weeks after Cyclone Nargis left at least 133,000 people dead or missing.
Centennial Celebration in Myanmar
Celebration of the centennial birth anniversary of U Thant was celebrated with a gala event at the Inya Lake Hotel in Myanmar’s historical city of Yangon on his birth date January 22nd 2009. Over 300 including family members, friends and UN representatives, foreign diplomats, a Myanmar foreign ministry representative attended the event.
Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar On May 8, 2008, the U Thant Institute urgently established the “Emergency Myanmar Cyclone Relief Fund” in response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in the Delta Region of Myanmar.

Historic Conference on Development Policy Options

The Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar jointly held a three-day Conference on Development Policy Options in Myanmar (with special reference to Education and Health), in collaboration with the Myanmar Development Resource Institute and with the support of the European Union. This event convened at the Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC) in Naypyitaw from February 13-15, 2012, and attracted 600 participants, spanning from government officials to civil society organizations. To view detailed information about this conference, visit

The government’s focus on development continues. Daw Aye Aye Thant and her husband Tyn Myint-U met with the President, and he asked his office to translate Tyn Myint-U’s book Developing Myanmar: Toward a Knowledge-based Economy and distribute it to various government departments.

"As we are all aware that more investment in education and in the health sector will lead to more development of the nation." -- Opening Address by H.E. Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham


Earth Day Celebration at the Shwedagon Pagoda

The spring equinox on March 20 was welcomed in Myanmar with the ringing of the bell at the magnificent Shwedagone Pagoda. Daw Aye Aye Thant rang the bell which was the same bell rung recently by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit and President Richard Nixon in 1954. Donated by King Thayawaddy, it is the second largest bell in the country and was made in 1843. It weighs about 42 tons and is seven-feet high with a radius of six feet. Organized by The U Thant Institute, the event was followed by a brief reception at the nearby Ma Naw Ma Yeik Di Dhamma Yone.

Earth Day is an annual celebration on the vernal equinox, when the Sun is above the equator and day and night are of equal length. The equinox is a significant time according to Myanmar traditional astrology, since it represents peace by being the precise moment when the earth is balanced. The first Earth Day was held on March 21, 1970, in San Francisco and other cities. On March 20, 1971, UN Secretary-General U Thant rang the peace bell at the United Nations in New York City to mark world peace and nature conservation. Ever since, there has been an event at the UN marking Earth Day. To learn more, please visit

"May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with the warm and fragile cargo of animate life." – U Thant


U Thant

U Thant at The United Nations :

U Thant was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971.  He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.  

U Thant was appointed Burma’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador in 1957.  As UN Ambassador, he was active in issues of decolonization and was the Chairman of the Afro-Asian Working Group on Algerian Independence.  In 1959, he served as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Assembly's fourteenth session.  In 1961, U Thant was Chairman of the United Nations Congo Conciliation Commission and Chairman of the Committee on a United Nations Capital Development Fund.

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