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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Sri Lanka

Posted on: 02 / 09 / 2016

SRI LANKA (2 September 2016) At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, arrived in Sri Lanka on the 31 August 2016 for a three-day visit, where he met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and other members of the Government and of the Parliament.

During his visit, the Secretary-General travelled to Galle on 1 September, where he participated and delivered a statement at an event involving youth under the theme ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’. On 2 September, the Secretary-General travelled to Jaffna, where he visited a resettlement site. During the visit, the Secretary-General also met with several Cabinet Ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera; the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Political Party Leaders; and civil society representatives.

At the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), the Secretary-General spoke at an event in Colombo on 2 September on ‘Sustaining Peace – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, focusing in particular on Goal 16, namely, the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

At the end of his visit on 2 September, the Secretary-General addressed the media at a press briefing organized by the United Nations Office in Colombo.

Media Statement by the UN Secretary-General (2 Sept 2016, Colombo):
English  |  Sinhala*  |  Tamil*  |  Video  |  Photo 1  | UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
*Translations to follow shortly

Photo Release  – UN Secretary-General meets with Officials in the North (2 Sep 2016, Jaffna)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  | Photo 2  |  Photo 3  |  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (Photo 1 & 2); UN Photo/UN Sri Lanka (Photo 3)

Photo Release  – UN Secretary-General meets UN Staff in the North (2 Sep 2016, Jaffna)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  | UN Photo/UN Sri Lanka

Remarks by the UN Secretary-General – ‘SDG16: Sustaining Peace – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ (2 Sep 2016, Colombo)
English (as delivered)  |  Photo 1  |  Photo 2  | UN Photo/UN Sri Lanka

Media Release – UN Secretary-General delivers keynote address on ‘Sustaining Peace and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’ (2 Sep 2016, Colombo)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  |

Photo Release – UN Secretary-General meets with Speaker of the Parliament and other Political Party Leaders (2 Sep 2016, Colombo)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  |  Photo 2  |  UN Photo/UN Sri Lanka

Photo Release – UN Secretary-General calls on President Maithripala Sirisena (1 Sep 2016, Colombo)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  |  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Remarks by the UN Secretary-General – ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’ (1 Sep 2016, Galle)
English (as delivered)  |  Photo 1  |  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Media Release  – UN Secretary-General participates in Youth Event on ‘Reconcilation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’ (1 Sep 2016, Galle)
English  |  Photo 1  |  Photo 2  |  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Photo Release – UN Secretary-General meets UN Staff in Colombo (1 Sep 2016, Colombo)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  |  UN Photo/Vihanga Kariyawasam

Photo Release – UN Secretary-General calls on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (31 Aug 2016, Colombo)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  |  UN Photo/UN Sri Lanka

Photo Release – UN Secretary-General and Mrs. Ban Soon-taek Arrive in Sri Lanka (31 Aug 2016, Colombo)
English, Sinhala, Tamil  |  Photo 1  |  UN Photo/UN Sri Lanka