UN in Sri Lanka adapting and refocusing its work

un-rcThe United Nations says it has been adapting and refocusing its work in Sri Lanka with evolving global and national development priorities.

United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Una McCauley said that this year the UN has scaled up its interventions to support the Government’s peacebuilding, reconciliation and governance agendas, to tackle the impacts of climate change, promote universal norms and values, localize the Sustainable Development Goals and engage young people to be potential drivers of change in society.

She was speaking at a function held at the UN compound in Colombo today to mark UN Day 2016.

“We remain committed to working closely with the people of 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,” she said.

She also said that as the process of designing the new Development Framework of the UN in Sri Lanka begins, this is a time to reflect on the need to move away from immediate humanitarian engagements into more long-term developmental and policy support, by finding innovative solutions to create a forward-looking UN.

“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. Without our dedicated staff, none of this would be possible,” she added.

She says the aim of the UN in Sri Lanka is to work together towards a sustainable Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)