PM hopes UN will continue its support
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his message on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), expressed hope the UN would continue to extend its support to Sri Lanka in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, moving past all obstacles on the way. He expressed his wishes to the UN, which he described as the pre-eminent organisation seeking to establish world peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations while establishing international cooperation.
He stated, Sri Lanka had always supported the UN by contributing peacekeeping forces when and where needed. He noted that the UN had helped Sri Lanka develop its health, economic, social indicators and protect human rights, and to rebuild the nation after the tsunami and the war. The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the importance of an organisation like the UN as without such, there would be no proper direction for the world to go, he pointed out.
The specific goals he mentioned concerned clean water and sanitation facilities, economic development, a protected work environment, developing industries, infrastructure and innovation, establishing sustainable cities and towns and habitat, responsible consumption and production, action on climate change, protecting marine resources and marine life, biodiversity and ecosystems, establishing a mechanism for peace, justice and fairness, eradicating poverty, qualitative education, gender equality and good health and wellbeing.