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At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, arrived in Sri Lanka on the 31 August 2016 for a three-day visit.
Sri Lanka was certified malaria-free by WHO earlier today with no locally transmitted cases recorded for the past three-and-a-half years. The certification was presented to the Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne by WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh and WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan.
Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, engaged in a round table discussions on the topic of ‘Sustaining Peace in Sri Lanka: The Role of Women’ organized by UNFPA. Several high-level ministers, representatives of diplomatic missions, UN and other agencies including civil society organizations, participated in the event.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave New York on Saturday, 27 August, for Singapore, on the first leg of a trip that will take him to Myanmar and Sri Lanka for official visits, the People’s Republic of China for the G20 Summit, and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for the ASEAN-UN Summit.