UN calls for greater attention for resettled people

The United Nations (UN) has called for greater attention to be given towards the resettled war displaced people.

Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair, UN Regional Director’s Team, Asia and the Pacific said this in a statement at the conclusion of his visit to Sri Lanka today.

Dr. Chhibber visited Sri Lanka from 4 to 6 October to mark the UN’s new 5-year programme framework in Sri Lanka and to assess ongoing programmes of the United Nations Development Programme.

During the visit, Dr. Chhibber met and exchanged views with high-level Government officials, including with the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Dr. Chhibber also undertook a visit to Jaffna, where he held discussions with the Regional Human Rights Commission and civil society representatives, followed by a meeting with the Government Agent of Jaffna and a visit to a UNDP livelihood development project.

He was briefed about the recovery and development priorities in the District, about UNDP’s work in the areas of local governance, mine action, access to justice, socio-economic recovery and disaster risk management, and also heard about challenges that still remain in the domain of reconciliation and bringing peace dividends to the people.

Allocation of land and job creation were highlighted as key issues during the visit that needed greater attention. “We need to pay greater attention to human needs of the people being resettled to enhance recovery,” Dr. Chhibber noted.