Last night at Temple Trees, visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Kanni Wignaraja met with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and addressed a variety of matters, including Sri Lanka’s vaccination programme. Wignaraja informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that Sri Lanka’s vaccination programme was excellent.
She also noted that Sri Lanka has begun delivering COVID vaccine booster doses and that many nations that have begun administering the booster shots have seen an increase in visitor arrivals.
The Prime Minister pointed out that tourism in Sri Lanka is slowly but steadily increasing. The pandemic has had a particularly negative impact on the travel industry around the world.
Further discussing Sri Lanka’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, Wignaraja remarked that the UN may assist Sri Lanka in a variety of ways.
Sri Lanka has always cooperated closely with United Nations entities, according to Prime Minister Rajapaksa, and would continue to do so in the future.
The two delegations also highlighted the need of creating jobs and opportunities for young people, especially in the private sector, as well as encourage young people to seek positions in the private sector.
Wignaraja, who is also the Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Regional Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the UN’s climate change and sustainable development efforts.
The Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Initiative (CRIWMP), a seven-year project aimed at enhancing the resilience of smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events, is one of the key initiatives supported by the UNDP in Sri Lanka. A grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) covers little over 73 percent of the project’s total cost.