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01 / 07 / 2013

Japan Supports Family Tracing and Reunification through UNICEF

Colombo, 28 December 2012 –The Government of Japan has partnered with UNICEF to extend support to the Family Tracing and Reunification Project. A funding grant of US$ 445,000 will be used to help families looking for their missing children, provide psychosocial support and build capacity of probation and childcare services.

12 / 03 / 2012

UNDP launches the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012

Colombo, 5th October. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012 today in the presence of Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for Monetary Co-operation and Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the visiting UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair, UN Regional Director’s Team, Asia and the Pacific. Titled, ‘Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development’, this is the second National Human Development Report (NHDR) for Sri Lanka, with the first Report having been produced more than a decade ago in 1998.

12 / 03 / 2012

The United Nations in Sri Lanka Marks the 67th UN Day 24 October 2012

With the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, in marking the 67th United Nations Day this year, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the need to prepare a bold and practical post 2015 agenda.

09 / 07 / 2012

Visit to Sri Lanka by United Nations USG for Political Affairs

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, will depart New York this evening for a two-day visit to Sri Lanka on 16-17 June, as part of the UN’s continuing attention to post-war challenges facing the country.

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.