Takeaways – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
September 2, 2016 Reading Time: 1 minute
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From left: Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne, Dr. Rohan Fernando, H. E. Ban Ki-moon, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Mr. Mano Tittawella, and Ms. Una McCauley
Date: 2 September 2016
Speaker: His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
Title: SDG16: Sustaining Peace – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
- The Secretary-General’s speech highlighted Sustainable Development Goal 16, on promoting peace, justice, and strong institutions. Goal 16 demands action against corruption and crime, while holding governments accountable, and supporting inclusivity, equality and human rights.
- He emphasised the importance of the role of women, and encouraged their fuller involvement in parliament, the cabinet, and reconciliation and sustainable development initiatives.
- Secretary-General Ban congratulated Sri Lanka’s significant progress, with particular reference to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 2015, and the recently passed Right to Information Act.
- He further commended Sri Lanka’s transitional justice and constitutional reform efforts, before concluding with the reassurance of the United Nations’ support in Sri Lanka’s future development.
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