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07 / 18 / 2013


#MeetTheRC is a youth engagement initiative of the UN Communications Group in Sri Lanka. The event provides a platform for young people between the ages 15-29 to engage in meaningful dialogue with the UN Resident Coordinator and the Heads of a few UN agencies to discuss issues that are of relevance to young people.

07 / 11 / 2013

UN Secretary General’s Message on World Population Day 2013

As a staunch advocate of the education, health and rights of girls and an enduring believer in the power of young women to transform our world, I welcome the focus of this year’s World Population Day on adolescent pregnancy.  This sensitive topic demands global attention.

07 / 08 / 2013

UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmed Alhendawi meets with the UN in Sri Lanka

On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmed Alhendawi , who arrived in Colombo earlier that week, met with the UN Country Team, the UN Communications Group and the Youth Mechanism of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

07 / 20 / 2013

10 Top Questions on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers answered by UNHCR’s Representative in Sri Lanka Michael Zwack on World Refugee Day, 2013

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

06 / 07 / 2013

Launch of the Sri Lanka UN-REDD National Programme

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).

04 / 04 / 2013

The 2013 Human Development Report focuses on the Rise of the South

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.

01 / 07 / 2013

Launch of Guidelines for Labour Sections of Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions in Labour Receiving Countries

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.

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.