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Gender equality is essential and will help us accelerate progress towards achieving food security and nutrition.

Gender equality is essential and will help us accelerate progress towards achieving food security and nutrition”

The notes are excerpted from Secretary-General’s remarks at the High-Level Event on “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in African by 2025 – Five Years Later: Taking Stock of Progress and Lessons in Light of the Sustainable Development Goals.” – Addis Ababa, 27 January 2018

After a period of prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise. Hunger, food insecurity and poverty are closely linked. Sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth is vital to achieve both SDG1 on poverty and SDG2 on hunger, and also influences many other Goals. This means adopting national agricultural policies and investment plans that focus not only on agricultural sector development, but on poverty, hunger and resilience to climate change.
Climatic shocks, environmental degradation, crop and livestock price collapse and conflict are all interlinked. Climate change adaptation should be promoted as an integral part of conflict prevention, with special attention to sustainable agriculture and pastoralist and semi-pastoralist livelihoods.

(FAO Food Day Progrmme)

To build and sustain peace and address hunger and poverty, we need community-based approaches that build social cohesion and the capacity of local institutions and actors. Improved governance that can deliver equitable services is essential.
Social protection is needed to complement development efforts. The poor need to be helped from the poverty trap and given the tools to ensure they do not slide back.

(Photo credit: FAO)
Gender equality is also essential and will help us accelerate progress towards achieving food security and nutrition.
. Improving women’s social and economic status within their households and communities has a direct impact on food security and nutrition, in particular on child nutrition.
While much of the effort of development partners is on developing policies and programmes, too little attention is given to mobilizing resources and investment on implementation and capacity building.

Governments need to create conditions for much greater investment by the private sector in enterprises that can generate benefits for the poor and the food-insecure. Market inefficiencies remain a primary handicap for farmers. Infrastructure is often lacking to ease access to local markets, and regional market integration is insufficient.

Finally, all stakeholders need to be accountable for commitments. That means generating and sharing data and information on policy and institutional changes, resource allocations and investments, and progress on SDG1 and SDG2 and related national and regional goals and targets.

UNDP Sri Lanka: Private partnership programmes:

“By connecting business with governments and the development partners, we can create a policy environment that unleashes the potential of the private sector.” – @JornUNDP, CD, @UNDP #SriLanka #SDG17 | #Partnershipsforthegoals

செயலாளர் நாயகம் காணொளி செய்தி: உலகிற்கு ஒரு எச்சரிக்கை

செயலாளர் நாயகம்
காணொளி செய்தி: உலகிற்கு ஒரு எச்சரிக்கை
1 ஜனவரி 2018

உலகம் முழுவதும் உள்ள அன்பு நண்பர்களே,

புத்தாண்டு நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

(UNIC Photo: Art by a student of Tamil Vidyalaya, Rajagiriya)

ஒரு வருடம் முன்பு நான் பதவி ஏற்றபோது, 2017 ஆனது சமாதானத்துக்கான ஆண்டாக அறிவிப்பு விடுத்தேன், துரதிருஷ்டவசமாக – அடிப்படை வழிகளில், உலகம் தலைகீழாக போய்விட்டது.

2018 புத்தாண்டு தினத்தில், நான் அறிவிப்பை வெளியிடவில்லை. பதிலாக நான் ஒரு எச்சரிக்கை வழங்குகிறேன் – நமது உலகிற்கு ஒரு சிவப்பு எச்சரிக்கை.
மோதல்கள் ஆழமடைந்துள்ளன, புதிய ஆபத்துகள் வெளிப்பட்டுள்ளன.

அணு ஆயுதங்களைப் பற்றிய உலகளாவிய கவலைகள் பனி போர் பின்னர் மிக அதிகரித்துள்ளது.

காலநிலை மாற்றம் நம்மை விட வேகமாகவே நகர்கிறது. ஏற்றத்தாழ்வுகள் அதிகரித்து வருகின்றன.

மனித உரிமைகள் பற்றிய கொடூரமான மீறல்களை நாங்கள் காண்கிறோம்.

தேசியவாதம் மற்றும் இனவெறி ஆகியவை அதிகரித்து வருகின்றன.

நாங்கள் 2018 ஐ தொடங்கும் போது, நான் ஒற்றுமைக்காக அழைக்கிறேன்.

நம் உலகத்தை இன்னும் பாதுகாப்பாக மாற்றமுடியும் என்று நான் உண்மையிலேயே நம்புகிறேன்.

நம் முரண்பாடுகளை தீர்த்துக்கொள்ளமுடியும், வெறுப்பை வென்று பகிரப்பட்ட மதிப்புக்களை பாதுகாக்க முடியும்.

ஆனால் நாம் அதனை ஒன்றாகத்தான் செய்யமுடியும்.

அனைத்து நாட்டு தலைவர்களையும் புதுவருட தீர்மானம் எடுக்க கேட்டுக்கொள்கிறேன் இடைவெளிகளைக் குறைக்கவும். பிரிவினைகளை நல்வழியில் கட்டியெழுப்பவும். பொதுவான குறிக்கோள் மூலம் மக்களைக் கொண்டு வருவதன் மூலம் நம்பிக்கையை மீண்டும் உருவாக்கவும்.

ஒற்றுமையே பாதை. நம் எதிர்காலம் அது சார்ந்திருக்கிறது.

2018 ஆனது உங்களுக்கு சமாதானமாகவும் ஆரோக்கியமானதாகவும் அமைய விரும்புகிறேன்

(UNIC Photo – Art by a student from Tamil Vidyalaya, Rajagiriya)

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එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහ ලේකම් වරයාගේ නව අවුරුදු පනිවිඩය:

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහ ලේකම් වරයාගේ නව අවුරුදු පනිවිඩය:

(Mr. António Guterres)

ලෝකයට අනතුරු ඇඟවීමක්

(UNIC photo)

1 ජනවාරි 2018.

ලොව පුරා සිටින දයාබර මිතුරනි,

සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා!

මින් වසරකට පෙර මා තනතුර භාරගන්නා විට 2017 සාමකාමි, සාමයේ වසරක් කරන ලෙස මම ඉල්ලා සිටියෙමි. අවාසනාවට, මූලික වශයෙන් සලකා බලන කල ලෝකය ගමන් කර ඇත්තේ විරුද්ධ අතටය. 2018 නව වසර උදාවේ, මම ඉල්ලීමක් නොකරමි.
මම අනතුරු ඇඟවීමක් කරමි. එය ලෝකයට රතු එළි අනතුරු ඇඟවීමකි.

ගැටුම් උග්‍රවී ඇති අතර නව අන්තරායන් මතු වී ඇත. සීතල යුද්ධයෙන් පසු න්‍යාශ්ටික අවි පිළිබඳ ගෝලීය සැක සංකා උත්සන්න වී ඇත.
අපට වඩා වේගයෙන් කාලගුණ වෙනස්කම් සිදුවේ. අසමානකම් වර්ධනයවේ.
අපි මානව හිමිකම් භයානක ලෙස උල්ලංඝණය වන අයුරු දකින්නෙමු. ජාතිකත්වය සහ අධිබීතිකාව ඉහළට යයි.
2018 ආරම්භයේදී මම එකමුතු වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටිමි. අපට ගැටුම් නිරාකරණය කර ගැනීමෙන් ලොව වඩා ආරක්ෂිත සහ සුරක්ෂිත කල හැකි බව මම විශ්වාස කරමි. වෛරය තුරන්කර බෙදාහදාගන්නා වටිනාකම් ආරක්ෂා කරගත හැක. නමුත් එය අපට කල හැක්කේ එකට එකතු වුවොත් පමනි. මම මෙය ලෝක නායකයන්ගේ නව අවුරුදු අධිශ්ටානය කර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමි. පරතරය පටු කරන්න: බෙදීම් යා කරන්න. පොදු අරමුණු වටා මිනිසුන් එක් රොක් කර විශ්වාසය නැවත ගොඩ නගන්න. එකමුතුකම මාවතයි. අපේ අනාගතය එය මත රඳා පවති.

2018 වසර තුල ඔබට සාමය හා සුවය මම ප්‍රාර්තනා කරමි!



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“AN ALERT FOR TH WORLD”- Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations
(Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesman for the interests of the world’s peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable among them. )

1 January 2018

Dear friends around the world,

Happy New Year!

When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse.

On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert — a red alert for our world.

Conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged. Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War.

Climate change is moving faster than we are.
Inequalities are growing. We see horrific violations of human rights. Nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise.

As we begin 2018, I call for unity.
I truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure. We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values.

But we can only do that together.

I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution:
Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals.
Unity is the path. Our future depends on it.
I wish you peace and health in 2018.
Thank You.

Let us salute our brave peacekeepers for their exemplary performance.

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Press Release
13 December 2017


Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are providing life-saving medical attention two local villagers who became victims of a wildfire.
The two women, who suffered third-degree burns, were caught in the wildfire while collecting grass to thatch their roofs in Kolnyang village, in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.
The Sri Lankan ‘blue helmets’ are providing this medical attention at the UN Level II hospital which they operate in Bor.
Mathew Magok, a close relative of one of the victims, thanked the Sri Lankan peacekeepers for the “lifesaving interventions”.
“We are trying to cope with the situation. UNMISS has done its par and they gave us some medicine,” said Magok.
The Officer-in-Charge of the surgical ward at Bor State Hospital, Theresa Apajok, said the women were stable and they were expected to recover well. She said the treatment and medication received from UNMISS came as a great relief because the local hospitals had run out medication for patients.
(UN photo)

For media enquiries, please contact UNMISS Spokesperson at Email: unmiss-spokesperson@un.org

UN and World Scouting: Shared Values, Shared Goals



The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in the Asia Pacific Region , in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Scout Association held a workshop on Environment Education for scout leaders, numbering to 48 internationals and 20 local scouts on 3rd October 2017 at the Paradise Hotel located in the picturesque site in Yapahuwa (in North Western Province), one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka.
WOSM, being the largest international Scouting organization, has the consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC).
The UN and the Scouts share the same values.

The UN believes strongly in Scouting.
“Scouting teaches individual compassion and scouts make their society better for all “ – António Gutterres, UN Secretary General
Message of UN Secretary General to Scouting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm8_L1NqZAE

The UN believes strongly in Scouting.
This partnership is a great opportunity to bring more sustainability to our planet.
3rd October 2017 – UNIC Colombo takes SDGs and YUNGA UN* to the Wokshop on Environment Education for Scout Leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Cross section of the participants.

UNIC explained how the UN system is engaged in environmental protection in diverse ways, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) being the lead agency in this area.

Global Citizenship: UNIC while appreciating the sense of global solidarity that has been emerged by the scouts during their stay together stated that the spirit of global citizenship which makes, not a city, but a community.
Unity: It was heartening to learn by UNIC the spirit of unity of scouting spread by the participants during the period of their stay together. They were very much enthusiastic to learn about the SDGs and impressed with UNIC’s promotional items.

Peace: UNIC emphasized the fact that the subject of peace and peace education has been of constant concern for world scouting as it was for its founder , Lord Baden Powell. Since the inception of the Movement, Scouting has always been a peaceful and pacifying movement.
SDGs: The 17 Global Goals to be achieved by 2030 were discussed as the main segment of UNIC’s awareness programme.
Life below Water For more details, please visit www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals.
The former Chief Commissioner of SLSA, Professor Nimal de Silva is seen working on the SDG jigsaw puzzle.
*YOUNGA UN: Formed in 2009, the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) is a partnership between United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and other entities that work with children and young people.
UNIC staff with a participant from Philippine.
UNIC Colombo is thankful to Mr. Dharshane Ranatunga of Sri Lanka Scouts Association for coordinating this event.

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly ends in New York

General Assembly Seventy-second session
Opening of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly
New PGA opens GA72

The annual General Debate of the General Assembly took place from 19 – 25 September 2017.


President of UN General Assembly urges world leaders to engage in working for the people.
Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, addresses the annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak
19 September 2017 – Opening the annual general debate, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the need for more work on prevention, a greater focus on people, and keeping promises made to advance prosperity and protect the planet.
“We are spending too much time and money reacting to conflicts, and not enough on preventing them,” Miroslav Lajčák told more than 120 world leaders gathered in General Assembly Hall in New York.
He called for integrating prevention with development and human rights work, and reviewing how UN does its peace operations and counterterrorism work.
“When people can live decent lives – when rights are respected – when rule of law is present in everyday life – it is harder to turn societies to conflict,” he said.
The Assembly President told the audience that the UN was not made for them, but for people.
“We know that many people have become disillusioned. Countless others around the world, however, have high hopes for us. They see the UN’s blue flag as a first sign of safety and the beginning of change,” Mr. Lajčák said.
He noted that the 193 members of the UN General Assembly will face one of its biggest test with the process of adopting the first Global Compact for Migration at a time when world leaders have varying opinions on the phenomenon.
“We cannot turn this into an exercise of bureaucracy. We cannot be left with an agreement that works only on paper,” he stressed.
Lack of accountability and follow through also potentially plague work to counter international terrorism, and following up on violations of international humanitarian law.
In his first speech to the high-level debate as President of the General Assembly, Mr. Lajčák also called on the international community to keep its promises to curb poverty and protect the environment by following through with commitments made in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“I see the priority clusters of ‘peace and prevention,’ ‘people and planet and prosperity as three sides of a triangle. They might not all be the same length, or the same width, but one is as important as the other,” he said.
Closing the address, Mr. Lajčák urged world leaders to change the way they work on a daily basis and engage in real dialogue, not a succession of monologues: “We cannot fall for an end to business as usual – and then continue to do business as usual.”
If we are looking for a change in how the UN operates around the world, we should start here in New York.”

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres addresses the 72nd of General Assembly
The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters are taken at the GA.
The General Assembly meets annually in regular session, intensively from September to December, and resumes in January until all issues on the agenda are addressed – which often is just before the next session starts.
The Assembly has adopted its own rules of procedure and elects its President for each session.
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) which convened at UN Headquarters on 12 September 2017 ended on 25 September.
Date: September 12, 2017 to September 25, 2017
Location: New York, United States
Organiser: UN Secretariat
For more information see: www.un.org/en/ga/

Address by H.E. Maithripala Sirsena, President of Sri Lanka at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
New York, 19 September 2017. (English Interpretation)

– Original Sinhala Language Audio at: https://soundcloud.com/spokespersonmf…
– English Interpretation Audio at: https://soundcloud.com/spokespersonmf…

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena,
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The Secretary-General met today (23 September) with H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The Secretary-General encouraged the President and his Government to secure a long-term political settlement through constitutional reforms. He encouraged the President to establish the remaining transitional justice mechanisms.

The Secretary-General and the President discussed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He thanked Sri Lanka for its generous contribution to the United Nations Haiti Cholera Response Trust Fund.

New York, 23 September 2017

Secretary-General Appoints Alison Smale of United Kingdom Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale of the United Kingdom as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Department of Public Information. She succeeds Cristina Gallach of Spain, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Maher Nasser, who served as Acting Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.
Chief of Bureau at The New York Times in Berlin since 2013, Ms. Smale brings with her almost 40 years of international journalism experience in which she held some of the most prestigious positions in the profession. She has a proven track record as a reporter, editor and senior leader. Appointed Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune (IHT) Paris in 2008, she is the first and only woman to have held that post.
Ms. Smale joined the IHT in 2004 as Managing Editor from The New York Times, where she had been Deputy Foreign Editor since 2002, having joined in 1998 as Weekend Foreign Editor. Earlier in her career she reported for United Press International and The Associated Press as Bureau Chief for Central and Eastern Europe, Vienna (1986-1998) and Correspondent, Moscow and Bonn (1983-1986, 1978-1983).
Having studied in Bristol, Munich and at Stanford University in the United States, Ms. Smale holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and politics, as well as a Master of Arts in journalism.