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09 / 07 / 2012

Oped by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

In December, the nations of the world and most of its leaders met in Copenhagen to agree ambitious and immediate global action to combat climate change. That complete vision did not emerge. The task has therefore become more, not less urgent. The window of opportunity to tackle the climate problem closes more rapidly the longer nations delay to act together.

09 / 07 / 2012

Job Bazaar: employment for 334 youth in Ratnapura

With support from the Youth Employment Project (ILO/Japan), the District of Ratnapura recently undertook a new job bazaar. The event brought together a) young job seekers, b) employers and c) training providers. Some 560 youth took part.

09 / 07 / 2012

UN-aid to flood hit communities in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 30 May 2010:Hundreds of thousands of persons were affected by the heavy rains experienced in May. The heavy rains, lightning and thunder storms resulted in flash floods, high levels of water, strong winds and landslides.

09 / 07 / 2012

WE CAN end violence against women: ACT – COMMIT – DEMAND

November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  On this date, I would like to reiterate the commitment made by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s in his “UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign” for the UN to support Governments and peoples to  eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

09 / 03 / 2012

NO ORDINARY 1st MAY

Tens of thousands of people around the world are taking to the streets today to mark May 1st. What else is new?  Well, plenty.

11 / 03 / 2012

UN Population Fund hands over life saving medical equipment for pregnant women

The United Nations Population Fund, handed over medical equipment worth USD 210,000 to the Governor of the Northern Province, Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Office. The medical equipment will help to meet the reproductive health needs of women and girls in the North, particularly those giving birth and their newborns.

11 / 03 / 2012

UN Open Government Data Survey

The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is currently working on Open Government Data with UN Member States by developing timely and up-to-date research along with capacity-building on this theme as it becomes an emerging tool for enhancing good governance, transparency and accountability by engaging citizens for a participatory decision-making processes within governments.

11 / 03 / 2012

From Poverty to Sustainability in Sri Lanka

On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Honorable Minister Amunugama invited everyone to look at issues of poverty alleviation from the perspective of the poor: emphasizing the importance of enhancing the capabilities of the poor to lift themselves out of poverty.

11 / 02 / 2012

10 Top Questions on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers answered by UNHCR’s Representative in Sri Lanka Michael Zwack on World Refugee Day, 2012

On 20 June, UNHCR marks World Refugee Day, remembering the struggle of millions of people fleeing violence and persecution across borders.