UN MOURNS PASSING OF THE RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN SRI LANKA 23 February 2018 (Colombo, Sri Lanka):


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“The United Nations Family has been working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka for over 60 years. We are committed to shared and sustainable peace and development, and we will continue to work with the Government and the people of the island to build a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka.”
— Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

It is with deep sadness that the United Nations in Sri Lanka announces the sudden passing away of its Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Una McCauley.

Ms. McCauley (54), the first female UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, was a bold, inspiring, and strong leader. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley led the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and acted as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. She was a passionate and caring humanitarian, dedicating her life to serve people of the world.

Ms. McCauley was serving in Sri Lanka for six years; two years as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and prior to this, as the UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With 17 years of service within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of service working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley was instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries.
A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley, was the loving mother of two sons.
The United Nations Family will miss her dearly, especially her sense of humour, humility, passion, energy, and unwavering commitment to make lives better for all.
UNIC Colombo shares its deepest condolences with her family. May her soul rest in peace!


From Una’s twitter:
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“If I can talk all three languages I can explain my pain to everyone, language is key to our understanding”.

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