On behalf of the United Nations, I wish all Sri Lankans a very happy Independence Day!
Independence involves the recognition of the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family, as echoed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The celebration of independence must embody and recommit to upholding the rights of every Sri Lankan.
Within this island of natural beauty, abundant resources and talented human capital – is a kaleidoscope of culture and diversity. This diversity must be respected, promoted, and celebrated – today and every day. It is only then that there can be a meaningful journey towards development, that leaves no one behind.
For 65 years Sri Lanka and the United Nations – both in Sri Lanka and through the country’s distinguished global contributions as a Member State – have worked together to improve the lives of people, especially those who are the most marginalized and vulnerable. The United Nations is committed to continuing this partnership as we journey towards the Sustainable Development Goals. We will always work with the people of Sri Lanka to promote peace and security, human rights, and development.
Together we can realize our shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka for all citizens.