Sri Lanka pledges USD 15,000 to UNHCR in response to 2019 Global Appeal

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Dec 13, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has pledged a contribution of 15,000 US dollars to the UNHCR’s 2019 programmes in earnest expectation that the UN Refugee Agency would be ‘empowered’ to deliver more strengthened assistance and protection as part of its mandate.

At the 2019 Global Appeal of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held in Geneva yesterday, Sri Lanka expressed its earnest desire that the commitments made by the international community to the recently adopted Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) would remain on course.

Addressing the conference, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Geneva echoed optimism that at a time when the principles and values of international cooperation have come under immense pressure, the GCR has emerged as a rallying point for multilateralism and solidarity.

In his address, Ambassador Azeez also conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the support extended by UNHCR under national resettlement programmes in partnership with stakeholders, as well as for the UNHCR’s important role with regard to assistance for returnees.