United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Chairman of the United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific, Haoliang Xu extended support of the United Nations to Sri Lanka on a wide-ranging issues.
Haoliang Xu, who is on a six-day visit to Sri Lanka yesterday (6) met with key ministers of the government in Colombo and discussed how the UN and , especially the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) can be of support to implement government's programmes.
During discussions with the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, Mr. Haoliang Xu focused on exploring opportunities to strengthen cooperation with the UN system, moving forward, and exploring prospects of government cost sharing.
The UN official also met with the Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan at the Ministry and exchanged views with the Minister.
During this meeting Mr. Xu discussed plans to complete the process of resettlement for the internally displaced persons (IDPs), alongside the broader development agenda for the displaced and other challenges relating to the resettlement process, the UNDP said.
Discussions with the Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva, revolved around potential areas of new support to the agencies under the new Ministry.
At the meeting Mr. Xu, informed the Deputy Minister that the UN and UNDP in particular would be ready to extend support to developing country specific development indicators that will contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.
The visiting official meeting with the Minister of Justice and Labor Relations Wijedasa Rajapakshe inquired about the progress of the UNDP supported SELAJSI Programme (Strengthening the Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration), a programme that was launched during his February 2014 visit to the island.
At the meeting Mr. Xu expressed UNDP's continued support to the Government in its efforts towards strengthening the efficiencies in the justice system, enhancing capacities of state and non-state entities to respond to sexual and gender based violence, and efforts to promote social integration and reconciliation.
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Subinay Nandy also participated in the discussions.