The United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF)

The United Nations (UN) and the Government of Sri Lanka signed the 2018-2022 UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), the agreement which pegs UN assistance to Sri Lanka’s long-term development priorities, on the 3rd of August 2017. The UNSDF provides the overarching framework for the work of the United Nations in Sri Lanka in line with the national priorities of the Maithri Palanayak, Sthaavara Ratak: A Compassionate Governance, A Stable Country, the Public Investment Programme (2017-2020), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to support the Government of Sri Lanka to achieve peaceful, just, inclusive and equitable development with a special focus on leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first. The UN Country Team in Sri Lanka worked in collaboration with the Government, and in consultation with civil society and development partners, to ensure that the framework is grounded in the realities of the country. The UNSDF will support efforts to reduce disparities and make a difference in the lives of people. This coherent sustainable development framework will guide the collaborative work of the UN agencies in the forthcoming period. The UNSDF serves as a common strategy in four strategic areas of focus:

  • Towards improved data, knowledge management and evidence-based policy
  • Strengthened, innovative public institutions and engagement towards a lasting peace
  • Human security and socio-economic resilience
  • Enhancing resilience to climate change and disasters and strengthening environmental management


UNSDF Can be downloaded from here