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UN Mourns Passing of the Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka

Posted on: 23 / 02 / 2018

23 February 2018 (Colombo, Sri Lanka): It is with deep sadness that the United Nations in Sri Lanka announces the sudden passing away of its Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Una McCauley.

Ms. McCauley, 54, was on medical leave, undergoing treatment.

As the first female UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. McCauley was a bold, inspiring, and strong leader. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley led the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and acted as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. She was a passionate and caring humanitarian, who dedicated her life to serve people of the world.

Ms. McCauley served in Sri Lanka for six years; two years as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and prior to this, four years as the UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With 17 years of service within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of service working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley was instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries.

A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley, was the loving mother of two sons.

The United Nations family will miss her dearly, especially her humility, passion, energy, sense of humour, and unwavering commitment to make lives better for all. Our deepest condolences are shared with her family.

Dear Una, we miss you.

**ENDS**

 

Media Statement (23 February 2018):
Sinhala Tamil

Media Release (27 February 2018)Last Rites of UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley
English, Sinhala, Tamil

Photo Release (26 February 2018) The UN Family observe a moment of silence for the Late Ms. Una McCauley
English, Sinhala, Tamil | Photo 1

Photos:
Highlights of Ms. McCauley’s vibrant period of service in Sri Lanka as  UNICEF Representative (2013-2016) and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (2016-2018)

For more information:
Resident Coordinator’s Office/UNDP Communications Unit
0112580691 Ext. 1502, 0774448401 | info.lk@one.un.org | @UNSriLanka