Catalytic Support to Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka

Funded by: The European Union

Total Budget: EUR 8.1 million

Implemented by: UNDP, UNICEF, UN-Habitat (with technical support from OHCHR, UNWOMEN and UNHCR)

Partners: The Government of Sri Lanka (Provincial Administration, Parliament, National Police Commission, Human Rights Commission, Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, the Survey Department and the Land Commissioner General’s Department), civil society organisations and community based associations including the resettled communities.

Duration: 18 months

Location: Sri Lanka

The past two years have seen renewed opportunities for peace building and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. To guide longer-term support for peace building, the Government of Sri Lanka together with the United Nations and development partners, developed what is known as the Sri Lanka Peace Building Priority Plan.

This 3-year plan, which is part of the Government’s framework for reforms aimed at reconciliation, was developed through extensive consultations between the Government, Civil Society and Development Partners. The plan identifies 4 interlinked national priorities which are transitional justice, reconciliation, good governance and, resettlement and durable solutions.

The European Union in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka and the UN in Sri Lanka have come together to contribute to the implementation of this Plan through the Catalytic Support to Peace building in Sri Lanka Programme.

With a funding of 8.1 million euros from the European Union, this 18-month programme will be Implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with a range of State and Non-Stat Stakeholders.

The vision of this initiative is to contribute towards national peace building efforts in Sri Lanka.

Learn more about the Peacebuilding Priority Plan


05 / 22 / 2019

UN Headquarters Observes International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 24 May

UN Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Friday, 24 May 2019. UN Secretary-General to commemorate fallen peacekeepers, Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage to be awarded for the first time since inaugural medal

— Two fallen Sri Lankan peacekeepers to be among those honoured —


05 / 17 / 2019

Vesak Day Message from UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Hanaa Singer

On the day of Vesak, commemorating the birth, life and attainment of ultimate Nirvana of Lord Buddha, I extend my heartfelt wishes to all the people of Sri Lanka. At this time in Sri Lanka’s history, it is important to remember the fundamental teachings of Buddhism that are also represented in the Sri Lankan flag by the four Bodhi leaves; Mettā, Karunā, Muditā, and, Upekkhā.

05 / 17 / 2019

The Secretary-General’s Message on the Day of Vesak

I extend best wishes to all celebrating Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions around the world. On the Day of Vesak, let us renew our commitment to building a world of peace and dignity for all.