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09 / 05 / 2016

WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free

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.

09 / 02 / 2016

Remarks by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek on ‘Sustaining Peace in Sri Lanka: The Role of Women’

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.

09 / 02 / 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Sri Lanka

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.

08 / 26 / 2016

UN Secretary-General: Trip Announcement

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.

08 / 16 / 2016

Remarks by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO on ‘Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs’

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.

07 / 18 / 2016

Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) led by Government with UN, EU, and World Bank

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.

07 / 07 / 2016

Joint Briefing on the Peacebuilding Priority Plan to Heads of Diplomatic Missions

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.

05 / 19 / 2016

Message by UN Resident Coordinator a.i. on Floods and Landslides in Sri Lanka

Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Sri Lanka, released a message to the media on 19 May 2016 in light of the island wide floods and landslide situation.

06 / 28 / 2016

Oral Update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 28/06/2016

On 28 June 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights delivered an Oral Update on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka’. Click here to download the Oral Update (A/HRC/32/CRP.4), as delivered in English. Translated versions in Sinhala and Tamil are also available for download.