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Colombo, 24 October 2013: The United Nations (UN) in Sri Lanka marked the 68th UN day in the presence of Chief Guest, Honourable Senior Minister, D.E.W. Gunesekara, Guest of Honour, Honourable Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr Dulles Alahapperuma, other Honourable Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, National and International Partners, the media and students.
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the
The Project Management specialist globally for the United Nations, UNOPS, has selected a project managed by UNOPS Sri Lanka, as the Project of the Year -2013.
As is customary at the end of official missions such as this, I would like to make some observations concerning the human rights situation in the country.
Colombo, Sri Lanka (19 August 2013). World Humanitarian Day honours those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions. In December 2008 the UN General Assembly declared 19 August as World Humanitarian Day to commemorate the day when 22 UN staff tragically lost their lives in Iraq in a massive bomb attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. During the past decade, over 800 aid workers worldwide have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The United Nations (UN) works together with Sri Lanka to help the country achieve its development objectives, so that we can all enjoy better living conditions.
#MeetTheRC is a youth engagement initiative of the UN Communications Group in Sri Lanka. The event provides a platform for young people between the ages 15-29 to engage in meaningful dialogue with the UN Resident Coordinator and the Heads of a few UN agencies to discuss issues that are of relevance to young people.
As a staunch advocate of the education, health and rights of girls and an enduring believer in the power of young women to transform our world, I welcome the focus of this year’s World Population Day on adolescent pregnancy. This sensitive topic demands global attention.
On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmed Alhendawi , who arrived in Colombo earlier that week, met with the UN Country Team, the UN Communications Group and the Youth Mechanism of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.