News & Statements
UN Day in Sri Lanka, celebrated virtually on October 23rd, will focus on the global theme of ‘Shaping Our Future Together’, highlighting the importance of global cooperation and innovative solutions as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer, said, “It has been the privilege of the United Nations to partner with the people of Sri Lanka on a remarkable journey. As we celebrate our years of partnership, let us also look to the future. Today, as we discuss how to rebuild our lives and livelihoods from the impact of COVID-19, I invite you all to be bold in imagining the future we want – and can – create, here in Sri Lanka and across the world.
The United Nations in Sri Lanka stands in solidarity with the families of victims of enforced disappearance from all communities across Sri Lanka. The families and friends of the victims experience the slow mental anguish of not knowing the fate of their loved ones.
Today, we remember and honour all victims of terrorism in Sri Lanka and across the world. The victims of the decades-long conflict and the Easter Sunday attacks last year are held dearly in our hearts. The United Nations in Sri Lanka stands together with the grieving families who have lost loved ones.
On World Humanitarian Day, as we honour humanitarian workers as well as front-line ones from Sri Lanka and across the world, their dedication in battling the pandemic ensures that, for many, daily life continues as safely as possible.
UNOPS – the central resource for procurement and infrastructure in the UN system -has been a partner of the Ministry of Health since 2005 with a significant portfolio of projects delivered in Healthcare Infrastructure and Procurement for over US$ 40mn through construction and renovation of 65 hospitals and health centres across the island.
Tourism is one of the worst impacted socio-economic sectors from the COVID-19 crisis. Workers and businesses linked to tourism, are currently facing crippling income and employment losses, while foreign exchange earnings from tourism have also fallen drastically. To tackle this issue, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, SLTDA and UNDP co-convened a meeting with development partners on building a more resilient tourism sector in Sri Lanka
The U.S. Government’s development agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has supplied critical medical supplies worth USD $102,310 (LKR Rupees 19,054,214) to the Family Health Bureau (FHB) of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services (MOH), to provide specialist care for high-risk COVID-19 patients requiring maternal and neonatal care.