The UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy says Sri Lanka has shown remarkable resilience in facing challenges and the United Nations is proud to have walked together with Sri Lanka in overcoming them.
The Inter Press Service quoted Nandy as saying that over the past years, the different U.N. agencies working on the ground have assisted Sri Lanka to deal with massive levels of human displacement induced both by man-made and natural disasters.
“Our assistance has been at all levels of the displacement cycle from providing immediate humanitarian relief to recovery and long term rehabilitation of displaced persons. A special focus was also placed on restoring livelihoods and community and economic infrastructure in war-torn regions,” Nandy said to mark the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s entry into the U.N. system.
U.N. agencies have worked across different sectors to support Sri Lanka advance towards the high level of human development that it currently sees today.
The latest MDG Country Report, jointly launched by the U.N. and the Government of Sri Lanka this year, demonstrates how well Sri Lanka has progressed in achieving the seven out of the eight relevant development goals that were agreed by the world leaders five years ago.
Nandy says with few setbacks in reducing malnutrition and ensuring environmental sustainability, Sri Lanka has achieved or is on track to achieve all other goals relating to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, gender equality and empowerment, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. (Colombo Gazette)