2018 - 2022
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a global health crisis unlike any other — one that is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. The UN in Sri Lanka is working with the Government and our partners to help to alleviate the health and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic
January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative – the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.
Sri Lankan women carry the main burden of household work, so they have knowledge and influence that could be channelled to improve community waste management, which is not only harming health and the environment but also causing disputes between different communities.
I am pleased to update the Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka and the trends and issues identified in my last report. I acknowledge the inputs sent by the Government in preparation for this update, and I note the President’s statement in June that the Government is “committed to work with the UN to ensure accountability” and will implement “necessary institutional reforms.”
Editorial by UN Sri Lanka Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy on lockdowns, medical measures, and vaccination needed to save lives. She reiterates that we can defeat this virus through solidarity, partnership, and personal responsibility.