Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Much need to be done for peacebuilding and reconciliation in Sri Lanka - UN
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 07:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 20, Colombo: Although war is over in Sri Lanka, many still face discrimination and hate and much need to be done for peacebuilding and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley says.

In a message to mark the International Day of Peace 2017 that falls on Thursday, September 21, Ms. McCauley said the people must respect each other's religion, race, culture, values and political beliefs and accept and work with each other's differences to make any meaningful progress.

The UN official urged the Sri Lankans to do utmost "to ensure an environment where hate and intolerance are not accepted, as we work towards sustaining peace in Sri Lanka."

Full text of the Message by UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Una McCauley for International Day of Peace 2017:

Each year on September 21 we observe the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples.

Today, we are called to remember our obligations as an international community. We are called to remember the impact of violent conflict and discrimination upon the most vulnerable.

We are called to do this together.

The theme this year is "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All," with a particular focus on the plight of refugees and migrants throughout the world. Their suffering highlights the urgency with which we must find lasting solutions and work towards protecting the human rights of all. However, addressing the root causes of conflict and preventing violence requires our commitment and our unity.

In Sri Lanka, the war is over. Yet many still face discrimination and hate. We still have the opportunity to work together for lasting peace. So much needs to be done to ensure that everyone can participate equally in shaping the way forward for the country, particularly in the areas of peacebuilding and reconciliation. It also means that we must respect each other's religion, race, culture, values and political beliefs. We need to accept and work with each other's differences if we are to make any meaningful progress. As long as discrimination, intolerance and inequality are encouraged or ignored, then our efforts are in vain.

Standing against injustice also calls us to be compassionate through our words and actions, especially towards those most vulnerable, not just within our own communities but also beyond. We can bring hope to those who seek our protection and understanding.

Only then can we say we are working together to ensure respect, safety and dignity for all.

This International Day of Peace, let us think about all refugees and migrants living in fragile contexts, who are suffering the consequences of injustice and discrimination. Let us also do our utmost to ensure an environment where hate and intolerance are not accepted, as we work towards sustaining peace in Sri Lanka.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Defense Staff Chief's accusation of inspector Nishantha Silva is 'malicious', CID informs IGP
-- [43 minutes ago]
Fishermen of the collided fishing boat rescued, will be brought ashore tonight
-- [1 hour and 46 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka is on the brink of an economic collapse, former Finance Minister warns
-- [3 hours ago]
Australia warns Sri Lankans not to be fooled by rumors of possibility to migrate illegally by boat
-- [3 hours ago]
Moody's downgrades Sri Lanka's ratings to B2 as political crisis exacerbates refinancing risk
-- [4 hours ago]
Police Chief cancels controversial transfer of senior police inspector
Sri Lanka participates in Nordic Organic Food Fair 2018
Sri Lankan President praises party leaders for peaceful proceedings in parliament
Transparency International Sri Lanka calls for legal action against the unruly MPs
Sri Lankan President apologizes for the tear gas attack on protesting Bodu Bala Sena monks

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.