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.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Ms. Hanaa Singer, met with the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thera, Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Rāmañña Nikaya Most Venerable Napana Premasiri Thera and Anu Nayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Dr. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera,
The United Nations Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, delivered an end-of-mission statement at the conclusion of his official visit to Sri Lanka, on 11 September 2018. The Independent Expert will submit a comprehensive report about his visit to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019.
Ms. Hanaa Singer, presented her credentials to His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as the new United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, at his residence on Wednesday. Ms. Singer also called on Honourable Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs, earlier this week.