Una McCauley, UN Envoy in SL passes away

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Una McCauley, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Sri Lanka passed away at the age of 54, the UN compound in Colombo said today.

In a statement, the UN said Ms. McCauley was on medical leave as she was undergoing treatment.

"As the first female UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. McCauley was a bold, inspiring, and strong leader. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley led the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and acted as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. She was a passionate and caring humanitarian, dedicating her life to serve people of the world," it said.

Ms. McCauley was serving in Sri Lanka for six years; two years as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and prior to this, as the UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka.

Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With 17 years of service within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of service working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley was instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries.

A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley, was the loving mother of two sons.

"The United Nations Family will miss her dearly, especially her sense of humour, humility, passion, energy, and unwavering commitment to make lives better for all. Our deepest condolences are shared with her family," the UN team in Sri Lanka said.

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  • Ceylon Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:34 AM

    God bless her soul.

    A W Abdulkany Saturday, 24 February 2018 12:18 PM

    We will miss her and her dedicated services to the country. Sympathies and condolences to her family.

    Rohan Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:15 PM

    Cancer???Deepest sympathies anyway!PS: It is good reporting to tell the cause of death. CNN, Fox will always give cause of death. I don't know why 3rd world news media don't do this. If it is a public person it is not private information.

    Sensitive Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:43 PM

    Don't be crass. It's possible that her family didn't want the details publicised. Just because someone is in the pubkic eye does not mean we have to know every personal detail of their life. Have some common sense and decency. May her soul rest in peace. She was a lovely and genuine human.

    lankan Saturday, 24 February 2018 02:25 PM

    Oh what a shocking news! I regularly see a positive tweet messages about her work in Sri Lanka. 54 years is too soon to die.Thank you for your contribution towards the wellbeing of Sri Lankan people.RIP!

    Bauddaya Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:35 PM

    Heartfelt sympathies as the saying goes good die young.Crooks live long to misle and live in clover to be reborn as crows who eat filth.

    Upuloul Sunday, 25 February 2018 03:35 AM

    It is obvious the lady loved Sri Lanka and worked for the betterment of her people. May she benefit from the merit of her efforts.Bauddaya, not a very good reflection of your Buddhist teachings if you are wishing others bad, particularly through an article dealing with the passing of a dedicated civil servant. But then......


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