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The latest UNHCR figures in the Global Trends 2012 report released Wednesday show that as of the end of 2012, more than 45.2 million people were in situations of displacement compared with 42.5 million at the end of 2011. This includes 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum-seekers, and 28.8 million people forced to flee within the borders of their own countries
On Friday, 7th June, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, officially inaugurated a programme to put forests at the heart of Sri Lanka’s strategy to tackle climate change. The programme will help Sri Lanka to prepare for an international mechanism to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). REDD+ will be part of a future international comprehensive agreement to tackle global warming, which is currently being negotiated through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Colombo, April 2, 2013. The Human Development Report 2013 (HDR 2013) published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was launched in Sri Lanka as a collaborative effort of UNDP Sri Lanka and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) and was presided over by Hon. (Prof) G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs.
We are pleased to inform you that the ‘Operational Manual for Labour Sections of Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions in Labour Receiving Countries’ will be launched by Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare at the Lakshman Kadhiragama Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) No. 24, Horton Place, Colombo 07, on the 4th of January (Friday) 2013 from 4.00 to 7.00pm. Please find attached the draft agenda for your kind information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.