The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg will arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 19 January 2011.
This the first visit of the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator to Sri Lanka. During her three day mission, Bragg will meet representatives from the Government, donors, and aid agencies. She will visit flood-affected areas, as well as areas in the north where thousands of people have returned and are slowly rebuilding their lives since hostilities ended in 2009.
She will be in Sri Lanka until 21 January.
The purpose of Bragg’s mission is to highlight all humanitarian needs in Sri Lanka, and the United Nations ongoing commitment in providing humanitarian relief and assistance, and for advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable people.
During the visit the UN will also launch a Flash Appeal for emergency funds to respond to the flood crisis.