UN to look at innovative development, policy support in Sri Lanka


Oct 24, 2016 (LBO) – United Nations resident coordinator Una McCauley says the United Nations needs to move away from immediate humanitarian engagements into more developmental and policy support.

This year marks 71 years since the United Nations was formed and 61 years since Sri Lanka became a member state of the UN.

Celebrating the UN day today, McCauley said they would begin the process of designing the new Development Framework of the UN in Sri Lanka.

“This is a time to reflect on the need to move away from immediate humanitarian engagements,” McCauley said.

“We need to move away into more long-term developmental and policy support, by finding innovative solutions to create a forward-looking UN.”

UN resident coordinator said that this year they have scaled up their interventions to support the government’s peace building, reconciliation and governance agendas to localize the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We remain committed to working closely with Sri Lanka to achieve the country’s development priorities with the Global Goals firmly in our sight, whilst ensuring that no one is left behind.”

“We are committed to doing things differently to support the Government and the People of Sri Lanka; to work together towards shared prosperity and durable peace.”

Speaking at the event Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government values the work of the United Nations in Sri Lanka.

“The United Nations system has helped us achieve a lot over the last 71 years.” Samaraweera said.

“We are pleased that the Secretary-General His Excellency Ban Ki-moon honoured the people of Sri Lanka by visiting us this year.”

On the 26th of June 1945, following two devastating world wars, members of the international community came together in San Francisco, to sign the Charter of the United Nations.

The promise made in the Charter that came into effect on the 24th of October 1945 to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and uphold instead, respect for dialogue, diplomacy, international cooperation and international rules based system.

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