News & Statements
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.
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.