The High Commissioner appreciated the long standing relations between Sri Lanka and UN Habitat, spanning four decades starting with the assistance provided to the Colombo Plan.
UN Habitat presence in Sri Lanka with its donor contributed projects and technical advice has helped to shape many cities in Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner informed that projects in Sri Lanka have been implemented with transparency and speed, supported by the political vision of Sri Lankan leaders to provide shelter for all.
The Executive Director, discussing the new governance reforms, requested the support of Sri Lanka in strengthening UN Habitat and its mandate. High Commissioner de Silva reiterated the support of the Government of Sri Lanka in the endeavours of UN Habitat.
Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Anzul Jhan and Director, External Relations Division of UN-Habitat Christine Musisi were present at the meeting.