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01 / 18 / 2016

UN Resident Coordinator calls on President

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.

01 / 18 / 2016

‘Saying Goodbye to Sri Lanka and Her Resilient People’ by Subinay Nandy

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.

01 / 11 / 2016

Statement by UN RC at Occasion Marking President’s First Year in Office

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.

12 / 23 / 2015

UN expert group urges Sri Lanka to seize the moment to fulfil the rights of the families of the disappeared

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.”

12 / 14 / 2015

Address by Mr. Subinay Nandy Marking International Anti-Corruption Day

His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka; Representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office; Hon. Ministers and Deputy Ministers; Hon. Commissioners and Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC); distinguished guests; and citizens who have come together today to demonstrate your support to eliminate bribery and corruption

09 / 16 / 2015

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka as UN report confirms patterns of grave violations

GENEVA (16 September 2015) – A UN report* published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict.

08 / 19 / 2015

UN Secretary-General Applauds the People of Sri Lanka for Peaceful Elections

The Secretary-General applauds the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August.  He commends the President for having shepherded an inclusive process and the Election Commissioner for his exemplary efforts in helping guarantee the exercise of the right to vote of the people of Sri Lanka.

06 / 11 / 2015

Address by UN Resident Coordinator: Donor Conference on the Comprehensive Policy Framework and Formulation of the Resettlement Action Plan

On behalf of the UN Country Team and the Humanitarian Country Team, I am honored to address you today on the occasion of this important consultation with development partners for the formulation of a Comprehensive Policy Framework and a Resettlement Action Plan for Sri Lanka.

04 / 28 / 2015

Manual on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence presented to Sri Lanka Police

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Mr. Haoliang Xu, met with the Inspector General of the Sri Lankan police, during his mission to Sri Lanka in April 2015. At the meeting, Mr. Xu presented a manual and reference guide on Sexual and Gender Based Violence to the Inspector General of the Sri Lanka Police.