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09 / 23 / 2019

Apocalyptic climate events: is this the future we are promising the next generation?

Climate change is progressing exponentially faster than our efforts to address it. It is a challenge that no country can opt out of addressing. If we don’t act now, when we ask the next generation to dream – it is going to be with a fine print that reads of limited possibilities in a world of crisis. That would be our collective legacy.

09 / 18 / 2019

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer at the launch of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supported programme for prison officers

As a result of the training, prison officers will have the necessary skillset to disrupt organised crime networks operating from inside the prisons and effectively prevent and manage high-risk prisoners. The training will facilitate the early detection and disruption of radicalisation, as well as provide a secure and safe environment where rehabilitation programmes and disengagement interventions can be delivered. Specific attention will be paid to ensure prison management is in conformity with international minimum standards and human rights.

09 / 17 / 2019

‘The Potential Role of Young Leaders and Volunteers in Preventing Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka’ and the launch of the ‘Youth Peace Panel’.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka marked International Day of Peace with the launch of the key findings of a study on ‘The Potential Role of Young Leaders and Volunteers in Preventing Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka’ and the launch of the ‘Youth Peace Panel’ – delivered in partnership with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Sri Lanka and Chrysalis, and supported by United Nations Peacebuilding.

09 / 15 / 2019

Message on the International Day of Democracy

There is no single model of democracy exemplified by a given country or region; rather, democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems.

09 / 11 / 2019

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer at 2019 AIESEC YouthSpeak Forum – “Transforming Youth, Transforming Sri Lanka”

UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer was a Speaker at the AISEC YouthSpeak Forum “Transforming Youth, Transforming Sri Lanka” on September 11, 2019. The Resident Coordinator spoke to university undergraduates and recent graduates on making positive social change in the areas of climate action and responsible consumption and production.

08 / 30 / 2019

Statement on the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Today we stand up for the rights of the victims of enforced disappearances and their relatives.

In 2010 the UN General Assembly declared that the date of 30 August would be observed as International Day of Enforced Disappearances.

08 / 26 / 2019

End of Mission Statement – United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Simmering ethno-religious tensions in Sri Lanka require urgent action by the authorities to strengthen respect for freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka, says UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed.

08 / 13 / 2019

Sri Lanka: UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to Visit

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka, from 15 to 26 August 2019.

07 / 26 / 2019

End of Mission Statement – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

GENEVA / COLOMBO (26 July 2019) — The people of Sri Lanka must act together to secure democracy, human rights and the rule of law, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule.