News & Statements
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye delivered a statement at the conclusion of her official visit to Sri Lanka, on 20 October 2016. The objective of the visit was to hold consultations on the human rights situation of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Sri Lanka.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016 to assess the current situation of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the country.
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.
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.
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.
At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Irina Bokova, delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs’ on 16 August 2016 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo.
On 18 July 2016, the Sri Lanka Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) for the recent floods and landslides was initiated under the leadership of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, together with UN Agencies, the European Union, and the World Bank.
On 7 July 2016, the Foreign Minister, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, and the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Ms. Una McCauley, held a joint briefing session on the Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP) to the Heads of Diplomatic Missions. The briefing provided the opportunity for Heads of Missions to discuss the PPP, its objectives, and progress.