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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.

02 / 20 / 2017

Launch of EU-SDDP Development Projects in the Northern Province

United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley and European Union Ambassador H.E. Tung-Laï Margue visited EU-SDDP development projects in the Northern Province last week. The opening of a Women and Children’s Desk at Kanagarayankulam Police Station, Vavuniya, handing over equipment to the Technical College of the Department of Technical Education and Training for construction-related training, handing over a sewerage and waste water treatment facility to the Vavuniya General Hospital and the opening of a Local Economic Development Centre at Venkalachedikulam were key features of the mission.

11 / 30 / 2016

UN Policy Dialogue on Addressing Cyber Violence against Women and Girl Children

The UN Gender Theme Group, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, organized a policy dialogue on Cyber Security at the BMICH.

The objective of the policy dialogue, which was titled ‘Addressing Cyber Violence against Women and Girl Children’ was to contribute to the development of a stringent cyber security policy, legislation and regulatory framework in Sri Lanka that recognizes the special needs of women and girls.