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It is a pleasure to address you all today as we come together to celebrate International Women’s Day. Throughout history women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. They have played pivotal roles in political, economic, social and cultural spheres. When reflecting upon their achievements, we have much to celebrate.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, concluding his four day visit to Sri Lanka, delivered a media statement at an end of mission press conference held at the UN Compound in Colombo on 9 February 2016.
Monday, 7 March 2016, Colombo. In a post-war era, Sri Lanka has seen an increase in Female-Headed Households. Providing a platform of discussion, the Gender Theme Group of the United Nations in Sri Lanka organized a round table discussion which was held at the BMICH on the 3rd of March.
GENEVA/COLOMBO (4 February 2016) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will begin a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, at the invitation of the Government.
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Mr. Subinay Nandy, concluded his assignment in Sri Lanka on 14 January 2016, after a 4 year and 8 month term. On his last day in office, Mr. Nandy called on His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena for an exit meeting.
In my 25 years at the United Nations I have had the privilege of serving in a number of countries. In May of 2011, I arrived in Sri Lanka. Two years had passed since the end of the civil war. The country was transitioning from a humanitarian phase to a path of restoration and lasting peace.
On behalf of the United Nations system, may I start by thanking Your Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena for the kind invitation to speak today on this momentous occasion. I believe it signifies the strength of partnership that has been fostered between the United Nations and the Government over more than 60 years, and extensively re-affirmed throughout the last year.
COLOMBO / GENEVA (18 November 2015) “Sri Lanka has the opportunity to once and for all meet the rights and legitimate expectations of thousands of families of disappeared” a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today as it concluded its visit to Sri Lanka. “Families have waited too long – the time for action has come.”