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08 / 16 / 2016

Remarks by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO on ‘Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs’

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Irina Bokova, delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs’ on 16 August 2016 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo.

07 / 18 / 2016

Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) led by Government with UN, EU, and World Bank

On 18 July 2016, the Sri Lanka Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) for the recent floods and landslides was initiated under the leadership of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, together with UN Agencies, the European Union, and the World Bank.

07 / 07 / 2016

Joint Briefing on the Peacebuilding Priority Plan to Heads of Diplomatic Missions

On 7 July 2016, the Foreign Minister, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, and the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Ms. Una McCauley, held a joint briefing session on the Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP) to the Heads of Diplomatic Missions. The briefing provided the opportunity for Heads of Missions to discuss the PPP, its objectives, and progress.

05 / 19 / 2016

Message by UN Resident Coordinator a.i. on Floods and Landslides in Sri Lanka

Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Sri Lanka, released a message to the media on 19 May 2016 in light of the island wide floods and landslide situation.

06 / 28 / 2016

Oral Update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 28/06/2016

On 28 June 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights delivered an Oral Update on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka’. Click here to download the Oral Update (A/HRC/32/CRP.4), as delivered in English. Translated versions in Sinhala and Tamil are also available for download.

05 / 21 / 2016

Sri Lanka: Floods and Landslides Situation Updates

View and download situation reports produced and released by the Disaster Management Centre and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); UN Agencies; and Humanitarian Partners.

03 / 18 / 2016

Sri Lanka Women Parliamentary Caucus: Address by the Chair of the UN Gender Theme Group

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.

02 / 09 / 2016

End of Mission Media Statement by UN Human Rights High Commissioner

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.

03 / 18 / 2016

UN Round Table Discussion on Empowering Female Headed Households in Sri Lanka

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.