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06 / 08 / 2017

Saving the Ocean – One whale shark at a time

In light of World Oceans Day on Thursday, 8 June, Ms. Francoise Jacob,  the Director and Representative of United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives, published an article highlighting the need for individual action and advocacy to increase conservation efforts for Oceans in Sri Lanka.

05 / 29 / 2017

Department of Government Information: Evacuation Notice 28 May 2017

Divisional secretariats of 7 districts have been issued an evacuation notice due to adverse weather conditions. All residents are urged to follow evacuation orders to minimize loss of human life.

05 / 27 / 2017

United Nations support to the Flood Relief efforts

The UN received a formal request from the Government on 26 May 2017 related to search and rescue efforts following the onset of the monsoon and its impact in the Southern and Western regions of the country. UN agencies are currently supporting the Government’s relief efforts in coordination and resource mobilization.

02 / 20 / 2017

Launch of EU-SDDP Development Projects in the Northern Province

United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley and European Union Ambassador H.E. Tung-Laï Margue visited EU-SDDP development projects in the Northern Province last week. The opening of a Women and Children’s Desk at Kanagarayankulam Police Station, Vavuniya, handing over equipment to the Technical College of the Department of Technical Education and Training for construction-related training, handing over a sewerage and waste water treatment facility to the Vavuniya General Hospital and the opening of a Local Economic Development Centre at Venkalachedikulam were key features of the mission.

11 / 30 / 2016

UN Policy Dialogue on Addressing Cyber Violence against Women and Girl Children

The UN Gender Theme Group, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, organized a policy dialogue on Cyber Security at the BMICH.

The objective of the policy dialogue, which was titled ‘Addressing Cyber Violence against Women and Girl Children’ was to contribute to the development of a stringent cyber security policy, legislation and regulatory framework in Sri Lanka that recognizes the special needs of women and girls.


12 / 01 / 2016

Paving the way towards an AIDS-free Sri Lanka by 2030

In 2015, Sri Lanka, along with 192 countries, agreed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With the underpinning objective of ‘Leaving No One Behind’, Goal 3 ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages.

One of the targets leading to achievement of Goal 3 is to end AIDS by 2030. As we mark World AIDS Day on 1 December 2016, the Representatives of UNFPA, WHO, and UNICEF, reflect on Sri Lanka’s work to become an AIDS-free nation.

10 / 18 / 2016

World Food Day 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Agriculture commemorated World Food Day 2016 with a forum discussion on addressing climate change to end hunger by 2030.

10 / 20 / 2016

Full Statement by Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, at the conclusion of her official visit

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye delivered a statement at the conclusion of her official visit to Sri Lanka, on 20 October 2016. The objective of the visit was to hold consultations on the human rights situation of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Sri Lanka.

10 / 05 / 2016

UN rights expert to visit Sri Lanka to assess current situation of minorities

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016 to assess the current situation of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the country.