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.
On 21 January 2021, the University of Colombo celebrated hundred years since the establishment of its Faculties of Arts and Science. The origins of these faculties can be traced to Ceylon University College (CUC). During the celebration of this rich history of Sri Lanka’s higher education system, Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sri Lanka delivered the following remarks.
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy spoke at the recently held initiative to Enhance the capacity, skills and knowledge of prosecutors to counter terrorism and prevent radicalization in Sri Lanka. The initiative is carried out under the overall objectives of an European Union (EU) funded project “Support to Sri Lanka on Counter-Terrorism” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to. The objective of the project is, institutional capacity building to effectively prevent/detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorism cases in Sri Lanka, in line with the relevant international legal instruments and human rights norms, standards and good practices.