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05 / 17 / 2019

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

On the day of Vesak, commemorating the birth, life and attainment of ultimate Nirvana of Lord Buddha, I extend my heartfelt wishes to all the people of Sri Lanka. At this time in Sri Lanka’s history, it is important to remember the fundamental teachings of Buddhism that are also represented in the Sri Lankan flag by the four Bodhi leaves; Mettā, Karunā, Muditā, and, Upekkhā.

05 / 17 / 2019

The Secretary-General’s Message on the Day of Vesak

I extend best wishes to all celebrating Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions around the world. On the Day of Vesak, let us renew our commitment to building a world of peace and dignity for all.

05 / 14 / 2019

Statement by the United Nations in Sri Lanka on the prevailing situation in the country

The United Nations in Sri Lanka is concerned about emerging incidents of communal violence and tension in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terrorist Attacks. The United Nations calls on the Government and the security forces to ensure that the situation does not escalate.

05 / 14 / 2019

Joint Statement on Sri Lanka by UN Special Advisers on Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect

Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, on attacks against religious minorities in Sri Lanka

04 / 21 / 2019

Statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General on terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General is outraged by the terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a sacred day for Christians around the world. He recalls the sanctity of all places of worship. He hopes the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice.

04 / 21 / 2019

Statement from the United Nations in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday attacks

The United Nations in Sri Lanka strongly condemns the attacks against civilians carried out in places of worship and city hotels on Easter Sunday.

01 / 25 / 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the attacks against MINUSMA

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack against a MINUSMA convoy near Douentza, Mopti region, this morning. Two peacekeepers from Sri Lanka were killed and six injured. The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka and the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

01 / 09 / 2019

United to Reform

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has made proposals to reform the United Nations since the beginning of his term in January 2017.

12 / 20 / 2018

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

The Secretary-General welcomes the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka through peaceful, constitutional means, and applauds the resilience of the country’s democratic institutions.