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Gender equality is central to our work. UNDP believes that gender inequalities and discriminatory attitudes and practices that hold women back, must be confronted and eliminated, if we are to leave no one behind.
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In 2020, a tiny virus humbled the human race and ignited a development emergency. Though its impacts were felt very differently, the COVID-19 pandemic was – and continues to be – a uniquely common experience for our generation, with no space for bystanders. For the first time in 30 years, global human development declined. People everywhere struggled to stop the spread of the virus, save lives and respond to the unprecedented socio-economic trauma it created. The climate crisis deepened, despite a temporary dip in carbon emissions as the world hit the pause button. And as silent streets gave way to protests, inequality, racism and discrimination were laid bare as weapons of oppression that must be abandoned once and for all. It was in the eye of this perfect storm that the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals began.
World Environment Day 2021 calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems as we kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a surge in the number of reported cases of violence against women and girls in Sri Lanka.
We are working with the EU, to advance #bizhumanrights in Asia.

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5.3%

Women in parliament (2020)

5.7%

Unemployment rate (2020)

26.8%

Youth Unemployment (2020)

71/189

Human Dev Index (2019)

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