About UN Sri Lanka

The United Nations in Sri Lanka

The United Nations began its work in Sri Lanka in 1952. Three years later, on 14 December 1955, Sri Lanka was admitted as a Member State of the UN.

For more than sixty years, the UN, in partnership with the Government and people of Sri Lanka, has continuously worked to ensure that all Sri Lankan people enjoy better living conditions. Collectively and through its 23 specialised agencies, funds, programmes and offices across the country, the UN addresses the needs and creates opportunities, including for the poor, the most vulnerable and the young.

The UN has cultivated broad and wide ranging partnerships – with the Government, civil society, the broad NGO community, bilateral donors, and international financial institutions – to address a multitude of challenges, both in long term development, and during times of emergency.

Moving forward, the UN strives to support the Government of Sri Lanka to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth, with equitable access to quality social services, strengthened human capabilities and reconciliation for long-lasting peace.

Milestones

The Sustainable Development Goals in Sri Lanka

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Sri Lanka.