UN Under-Secretary-General welcomes Sri Lanka’s immunization program

Visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General Kanni Wignaraja visited Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa last night at Temple Trees and discussed a range of issues, including Sri Lanka’s immunization program.

Wignaraja had told the prime minister that Sri Lanka’s vaccination program was very good, the prime minister’s media division said.

After mentioning the fact that Sri Lanka has also started administering COVID vaccine boosts, she pointed out that many countries that have started the recalls are seeing an increase in tourist arrivals.

The Prime Minister noted that tourism is slowly starting to recover in Sri Lanka. The tourism sector has been particularly affected around the world due to the pandemic.

“I think that with the vaccines, the tourists will come,” Wignaraja said.

Discussing in more detail Sri Lanka’s economic recovery after COVID-19, Wignaraja said there are many ways the United Nations can support Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa reiterated that Sri Lanka has always worked closely with United Nations organizations and will continue to do so.

The two delegations also discussed the need to create jobs and opportunities for young people, especially in the private sector, and to encourage young people to seek jobs in the private sector.

Wignaraja, who is also Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Regional Director of the UNDP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, also briefed the Prime Minister on the work that the United Nations is supporting in the areas climate change and sustainable development.

One of the main projects supported by UNDP in Sri Lanka is the Integrated Climate Resilient Water Management Project (CRIWMP), which is a seven-year project “aimed at building the resilience of smallholder farmers in the drylands. from Sri Lanka to climate variability and extreme events, ”according to UNDP. Just over 73 percent of the total project cost is funded by a grant received from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Robert Juhkam, Resident Representation of UNDP Sri Lanka, briefed Prime Minister Rajapaksa on the work being done to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in close cooperation with the Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lanka (SDC). The SDC organized the first national multi-stakeholder consultative workshop last month.

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