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11 / 11 / 2018

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on developments in Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General learned with concern of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and move to new parliamentary elections on 5 January 2019.

11 / 02 / 2018

Readout of the Secretary-General’s phone call with H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General spoke by telephone with H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, on 1 November. He emphasized the Government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security and respect for the rule of law. The Secretary-General urged the President to revert to Parliamentary procedures and allow the Parliament to vote as soon as possible. He encouraged the Government to uphold its earlier commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation, in line with Human Rights Council resolutions.

10 / 31 / 2018

Statement on the UN Resident Coordinator’s meeting with H.E. the President of Sri Lanka

Meeting with H.E Maithripala Sirisena today, The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hanaa Singer reiterated the United Nations Secretary-General’s message on safeguarding democratic values & importance of fulfilling international commitments including HRC Resolution, and that the United Nations stands ready to continue its cooperation & support in this regard.

10 / 25 / 2018

The United Nations celebrates its 73rd Anniversary

25 October 2018, Colombo: The United Nations celebrates its 73rd anniversary, marking the founding of its Charter which enshrines the UN’s commitment to the people of the world on Human Rights, Peace and Security, and Development.
Over the past 63 years of partnership with Sri Lanka,

10 / 01 / 2018

UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative meets religious leaders and civil society representatives in Kandy

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Ms. Hanaa Singer, met with the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thera, Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Rāmañña Nikaya Most Venerable Napana Premasiri Thera and Anu Nayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Dr. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera,

09 / 11 / 2018

End of Mission Statement – UN Independent Expert on the Effects of Foreign Debt and Human Rights

The United Nations Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, delivered an end-of-mission statement at the conclusion of his official visit to Sri Lanka, on 11 September 2018. The Independent Expert will submit a comprehensive report about his visit to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019.

09 / 07 / 2018

Ms. Hanaa Singer assumes duties as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka

Ms. Hanaa Singer, presented her credentials to His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as the new United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, at his residence on Wednesday. Ms. Singer also called on Honourable Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs, earlier this week.

08 / 29 / 2018

UN expert on debt and human rights to visit Sri Lanka

The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, will conduct an official visit to Sri Lanka from 3 to 11 September 2018, at the invitation of the Government.

02 / 23 / 2018

UN Mourns Passing of the Resident Coordinator in 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.