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05 / 29 / 2020

The United States provides $600,000 grant to UNICEF to support critical COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

The United States has provided a USD $600,000 grant to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to support the critical COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka.

05 / 27 / 2020

UNICEF supports MOE to provide home-based learning for lower primary students during COVID-19 lock-down

UNICEF and MOE, with the support of partners, provide educational material to grade 1 and 2 students across the island ensuring continuous learning for young children during COVID-19 pandemic.


05 / 07 / 2020

Vesak Day Message from UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Hanaa Singer

On this day of Vesak, commemorating the attainment of enlightenment by the Lord Buddha, his birth and his ultimate passing, I extend my warmest wishes to all the people of Sri Lanka.

04 / 21 / 2020

Joint Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic

UNICEF/WHO/WFP/FAO call for ALL involved in the response to COVID-19 pandemic to protect, promote, and support the feeding and care of infants and young children and their caregivers. This is critical to support child survival, growth and development and to prevent malnutrition, illness and death.

04 / 21 / 2020

Statement: Remembrance for victims of the Easter Sunday attacks

Today we remember the 259 lives lost and the many injured during the senseless terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, one year ago. The country and the world were shocked by those tragic events and saddened by the incidents of intercommunal tensions that followed.


04 / 19 / 2020

The world faces an unprecedented threat from COVID-19

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

03 / 09 / 2020

Transformational change is possible

Women and men belong at the same table – whether that table is in the boardroom, the classroom, halls of justice or halls of parliament. Transformational change is possible – Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator

02 / 21 / 2020

International Mother Languages Day

On February 21, the United Nations celebrates International Mother Languages Day. At the UN in Sri Lanka we celebrated the day in partnership with the Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education. Observance of the Day recognizes Sri Lanka’s efforts to promote multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism in strengthening mutual trust, understanding and respect among communities.

02 / 13 / 2020

WFP and S4IG embark on a strategic partnership to address poor nutrition in Sri Lanka

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Skills for Inclusive Growth (S4IG), an initiative of the Australian Government, have signed an agreement to work together to promote healthy diets. One of the key features is a collaboration with Supreme Chef, a popular competitive cooking TV show in Sri Lanka.