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  • 02 Apr 2013
    'Rise of the South' - Sri Lanka ranked high in human development

    The Human Development Report 2013 (HDR 2013) published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was launched in Sri Lanka as a collaborative effort of UNDP Sri Lanka and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) and was presided over by Hon. (Prof) G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs.

  • 04 Mar 2013
    The second phase of the Course for Community Catalysts’ concludes

    The second phase of the Course for Community Catalysts’ in the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu concluded with the awarding of certificates to the 124 participants, on 9 February 2013, at Hotel Sudu Araliya in Pollonnaruwa.

  • 28 Jan 2013
    UNDP and UNHCR handover fifteen motorbikes to the Human Rights Commission

    UNDP and UNHCR handed over fifteen motorbikes to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Monday to facilitate the work of their staff, at the central and regional level, to address human rights concerns including regular monitoring visits and investigation of complaints.

  • 11 Jan 2013
    New initiative to strengthen Sri Lanka’s Criminal Justice system

    UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project, implemented by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, launched a new initiative on Thursday 10 January aimed at strengthening the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka by enhancing the efficacy of the criminal justice system.

  • 30 Dec 2012
    Global recognition for GEF/SGP initiative on introducing electric vehicles to Sri Lanka

    A project implemented by the Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) of UNDP Sri Lanka on introducing electric vehicles to the country received global recognition recently when it was selected as a winner of the Lighthouse Projects Competition. An initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the competition awards projects that addresses climate change and deliver social and environmental benefits to the urban poor in developing countries.

  • 03 Dec 2012
    Acting as one in disaster response

    Since the Tsunami of December 2004, the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), have worked together with multiple stakeholders involved in disaster response to set up legal and institutional systems, prepare vulnerable communities for disasters and enhance efforts to minimize disaster risks. Sri Lanka is proud to have a 24/7 early warning and response capacity, which is one of the many significant outcomes of these efforts.

  • 15 Oct 2012
    Discussion with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus on Women, Peace and Security

    On the morning of Friday 21 September, 8 Members of Parliament from the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and several of their colleagues from Parliament joined UNDP and several civil society partners for a half day session to explore issues and ideas related to women, peace and security.

  • 12 Oct 2012
    Forestry program funded by Australia to support 90,000 farmers in Sri Lanka’s dry zone

    The Government of Sri Lanka, Government of Australia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today (11 October 2012) launched a new AUD 5 million community forestry program, which will increase forest cover and support small farmers living in Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Forests are a critical environmental and economic resource for Sri Lanka.

  • 07 Oct 2012
    Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific concludes a three-day visit to Sri Lanka

    Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair, UN Regional Director’s Team, Asia and the Pacific visited Sri Lanka from 4 to 6 October to mark the UN’s new 5-year programme framework in Sri Lanka and to assess ongoing programmes of the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 05 Oct 2012
    Launch of the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012 today in the presence of Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for Monetary Co-operation and Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the visiting UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair, UN Regional Director’s Team, Asia and the Pacific. Titled, ‘Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development’, this is the second National Human Development Report (NHDR) for Sri Lanka, with the first Report having been produced more than a decade ago in 1998.

  • 09 Aug 2012
    Stakeholders’ workshop on assessment of UNDP’s contribution to development results in Sri Lanka

    Over 60 representatives from the Government, development partners, UN agencies and civil society participated at the stakeholders’ workshop deliberating on the findings of the Assessment of Development Results (ADR), a key report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The event was held on 31st July 2012 at the Galadari Hotel, and was co-chaired by Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Mr. Indrakumaran Naidoo, Director of the UNDP Evaluation Office in New York.

  • 23 Jul 2012
    N-PEACE consultation looks at how to promote the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka

    On 5th July 2012, a strong and diverse group of stakeholders working on women’s empowerment issues came together to explore ways of promoting Security Council Resolution 1325 that looks at Women, Peace and Security. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs officials, UN agencies, and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and members of the Network to engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment (N-Peace).

  • 03 Jul 2012
    “Colombo+20: The Future We Want”

    Colombo+20 - The Future We Want, an advocacy campaign that reflected the theme of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, commonly known as Rio+20: "the Future We Want", was organized by three youth networks, the V-Force (National Voluntary Taskforce), Youth for a Greener Sri Lanka (YGSL) and the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), and brought together youth from every corner of Sri Lanka.

  • 29 Jun 2012
    UNDP transfers Early Recovery Coordination GIS capacity to Jaffna planning units

    Following the end of the 30 year conflict, Jaffna’s District Planning Unit was faced with the tremendous task of leading the process of recovery and development. Having seen the types of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and databases used in other districts to facilitate planning, the Jaffna District Officers felt that their work would greatly benefit from adoption of similar systems.

  • 13 Jun 2012
    UNDP helps strengthen the Sri Lanka position at Rio+20

    In strengthening the Sri Lanka position ahead of the landmark United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided technical and financial assistance for the formulation of three key documents, the Government of Sri Lanka’s National Situation Report, the Citizen’s Report and the Youth Position Paper.

  • 01 Jun 2012
    Recovery of Resettled Communities in Vasanthapuram

    With the end of the war in May 2009, Jaffna District has progressively transformed, moving from stages of early recovery to mid-term recovery and development. The region is seeing movements of populations, who are returning after years of displacement, facing resettlement that is bringing with it its own rays of hope as well as having to deal with other complications.

  • 31 May 2012
    30 youth complete the UNDP-Aitken Spence School of Hospitality supported training in the hospitality industry

    Thirty youth from Sri Lanka’s North, East and North-Central provinces who successfully completed the first components of their training in the hotel industry conducted by Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Limited, received their certificates on May 28, 2012. The training was conducted with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 11 May 2012
    The new ice plant in Mullaitivu improves market penetration of local fishermen

    Mr. Arunraj, a 40 year old father of three, was displaced four times with his family since the 90’s and therefore, was forced into subsistence livelihoods and low income generating activities. With fishing being his main source of obtaining income, Mr. Arunraj struggled to restart his fishing activities soon after resettlement in 2010. He says, “I faced many challenges in marketing the fish. Due to lack of proper storage, more than 20% of the fish I caught were graded poorly and received low prices. As a result, the income from fishing was not adequate to take care of my family. I had to undertake casual labour work or borrow money to make ends meet”.

  • 04 Apr 2012
    Ampara District Women’s Forum holds inaugural event

    Making significant contributions towards increasing the participation of women in decision-making processes in Ampara District, where female participation in local governance structures is amongst the lowest in the country, the newly established Ampara District Women’s Forum will hold their inaugural event on April 5, 2012.

  • 02 Apr 2012
    “Are you counting me?” Addressing the challenge of estimating vulnerable populations in South Asia

    How does a national HIV programme accurately estimate the size of high risk, vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations such as men who have sex with men and transgender persons? The question has long challenged government health authorities as well as community-based organisations and advocates that support surveillance and data collection in countries with populations huge and small alike.

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