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UN ASG holds talks with Environment and Justice Ministries 

  • Discusses new Investors Court and climate change mitigation 

BY Pamodi Waravita

United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for the Asia and the Pacific Kanni Wignaraja, along with a delegation from the UNDP, has met with the Environment Ministry and the Justice Ministry over the last two days to discuss a range of issues including climate change and the digitalisation of the justice sector. 

At the meeting with Justice Minister M.U.M. Ali Sabry (President’s Counsel [PC]) yesterday (15), Wignaraja had discussed the digitalisation programme of the justice sector spearheaded by the Justice Ministry, a statement issued by the Justice Ministry said yesterday. 

It further said that Wignaraja had also focused on the new laws being introduced by the Justice Ministry and the establishment of new courthouses, including an Investors Court.

The UNDP delegation, led by Resident Representative for Sri Lanka Robert Juhkam, had reiterated their support to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) portfolio in Sri Lanka. 

Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry said that in her meeting with Environment Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe on 14 December, Wignaraja had said that the UNDP would support Sri Lanka in the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and its related issues. 

Wignaraja arrived in Sri Lanka on 13 December for a five-day visit, with the aim of better understanding country priorities and exploring new avenues of support from the UNDP to Sri Lanka. The visit has a particular focus on the follow up to the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference 2021/COP26, post-Covid-19 socio-economic recovery in the region, and the leveraging of more development financing to the country. She met with Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa on 13 December.