News & Statements
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.
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.
Tens of thousands of people around the world are taking to the streets today to mark May 1st. What else is new? Well, plenty.
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.
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.
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.
On 20 June, UNHCR marks World Refugee Day, remembering the struggle of millions of people fleeing violence and persecution across borders.
OCHA & UNDP launched a new joint campaign “#ActNow, Save Later” on disaster preparedness.