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08 / 12 / 2017

Youth building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope

In light of International Youth Day on Saturday, 12 August, Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, published an article highlighting the need to encourage youth building peace in Sri Lanka.

08 / 03 / 2017

Government and UN sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018 – 2022

The Government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations signed the 2018 – 2022 UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), the agreement which pegs UN assistance to Sri Lanka’s long term development priorities.

07 / 19 / 2017

Head of UN Political Affairs in Sri Lanka

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 19 July for a three day visit.

This is the Under-Secretary-General’s second visit to Sri Lanka and is a follow up to his 2015 visit, to take stock of progress in the country and engage national stakeholders on the peacebuilding process.

07 / 14 / 2017

Full Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, at the conclusion of his official visit

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Mr. Ben Emmerson, visited Sri Lanka from 10 July to 14 July 2017. The Rapporteur shared the preliminary findings at the conclusion of his mission to Sri Lanka at a press briefing in Colombo.

07 / 06 / 2017

Human rights and counter-terrorism: UN expert launches first mission to Sri Lanka

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 14 July to gather first-hand information on initiatives in the area of counter-terrorism and assess how they affect the promotion and protection of human rights.

06 / 21 / 2017

UN Secretary-General appoints Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as Envoy on Youth

Presently working as an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, Ms. Wickramanayake will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as the Secretary-General’s next Envoy on Youth.

06 / 08 / 2017

Saving the Ocean – One whale shark at a time

In light of World Oceans Day on Thursday, 8 June, Ms. Francoise Jacob,  the Director and Representative of United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives, published an article highlighting the need for individual action and advocacy to increase conservation efforts for Oceans in Sri Lanka.

05 / 29 / 2017

Department of Government Information: Evacuation Notice 28 May 2017

Divisional secretariats of 7 districts have been issued an evacuation notice due to adverse weather conditions. All residents are urged to follow evacuation orders to minimize loss of human life.

05 / 27 / 2017

United Nations support to the Flood Relief efforts

The UN received a formal request from the Government on 26 May 2017 related to search and rescue efforts following the onset of the monsoon and its impact in the Southern and Western regions of the country. UN agencies are currently supporting the Government’s relief efforts in coordination and resource mobilization.