Sustainable development

Engaging Youth in the Modern Era of Development

27 Nov 2017 by Isuru Abeysekara

The real question is how we can build upon the successes of the existing foundation. The obvious course of action is education. Whilst there are existing government programmes and initiatives, these do not adequately embed education as a priority in the minds of the youth. Thus, I argue for greater magnitudes- a more comprehensive, nationwide implementation of existing, or better yet, improved programmes and initiatives. … Read more

Sharing Stories vs. Learning Facts – Managing the Knowledge We Create

20 Nov 2017 by Deshani Senanayake

150 participants, 50 countries, 40 organizations across UNDP country offices worldwide, government partners, and private sector innovation facilities from across the globe. This was the makeup of the participants at the Istanbul Innovation Days. … Read more

Back to Nature

05 Jun 2017 by Tharuka Dissanaike, Policy Specialist UNDP Sri Lanka

This year’s World Environment Day has a simple yet confounding message. It urges us to reconnect with nature. In suggestions on how to celebrate the day this year, the UN implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. … Read more

Floods and Droughts – an endless Sri Lankan loop?

31 May 2017 by Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

Photo courtesy of ABC
177 Dead. 109 listed missing. Over 557,500 people affected and 75,000 displaced (at the time of writing). In the worst floods to occur in Sri Lanka in 14 years, little preparation was done to minimize loss of life and damages. Are we stuck in an endless loop of unpreparedness? … Read more

Should economic and social rights be included in the new Sri Lankan Constitution?

25 Jan 2017 by Natasha Fernando

It is time that all rights which are important for a ‘decent standard of living’ are recognized along the lines of right to inclusive development in an era of reconciliation and the state facilitate such rights prioritizing the vulnerable people, those affected by the war and young people who are dropped out from the knowledge economy of the country. … Read more

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