News & Statements
United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley and European Union Ambassador H.E. Tung-Laï Margue visited EU-SDDP development projects in the Northern Province last week. The opening of a Women and Children’s Desk at Kanagarayankulam Police Station, Vavuniya, handing over equipment to the Technical College of the Department of Technical Education and Training for construction-related training, handing over a sewerage and waste water treatment facility to the Vavuniya General Hospital and the opening of a Local Economic Development Centre at Venkalachedikulam were key features of the mission.
The UN Gender Theme Group, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, organized a policy dialogue on Cyber Security at the BMICH.
The objective of the policy dialogue, which was titled ‘Addressing Cyber Violence against Women and Girl Children’ was to contribute to the development of a stringent cyber security policy, legislation and regulatory framework in Sri Lanka that recognizes the special needs of women and girls.
In 2015, Sri Lanka, along with 192 countries, agreed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With the underpinning objective of ‘Leaving No One Behind’, Goal 3 ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages.
One of the targets leading to achievement of Goal 3 is to end AIDS by 2030. As we mark World AIDS Day on 1 December 2016, the Representatives of UNFPA, WHO, and UNICEF, reflect on Sri Lanka’s work to become an AIDS-free nation.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Agriculture commemorated World Food Day 2016 with a forum discussion on addressing climate change to end hunger by 2030.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye delivered a statement at the conclusion of her official visit to Sri Lanka, on 20 October 2016. The objective of the visit was to hold consultations on the human rights situation of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Sri Lanka.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016 to assess the current situation of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the country.
Sri Lanka was certified malaria-free by WHO earlier today with no locally transmitted cases recorded for the past three-and-a-half years. The certification was presented to the Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne by WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh and WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan.
Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, engaged in a round table discussions on the topic of ‘Sustaining Peace in Sri Lanka: The Role of Women’ organized by UNFPA. Several high-level ministers, representatives of diplomatic missions, UN and other agencies including civil society organizations, participated in the event.
At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, arrived in Sri Lanka on the 31 August 2016 for a three-day visit.