News & Statements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2015, Sri Lanka, along with 192 countries, agreed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With the underpinning objective of ‘Leaving No One Behind’, Goal 3 ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages.
One of the targets leading to achievement of Goal 3 is to end AIDS by 2030. As we mark World AIDS Day on 1 December 2016, the Representatives of UNFPA, WHO, and UNICEF, reflect on Sri Lanka’s work to become an AIDS-free nation.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Agriculture commemorated World Food Day 2016 with a forum discussion on addressing climate change to end hunger by 2030.