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31 Mar 2015 description

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visits the village of Akkarai in northern Sri Lanka, where Switzerland is supporting reconstruction efforts.

31 Mar 2015 description

The ICRC's Director of Operations, Dominic Stillhart, recently concluded a five-day visit to Sri Lanka. During his time in the country Mr Stillhart met with a number of senior government officials, including the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera. In these meetings he reiterated that the organization remains committed to their work in Sri Lanka and to providing assistance to vulnerable individuals, including detainees and families of missing persons.

30 Mar 2015 description


WFP Sri Lanka’s 2014-2017 strategic priorities are to: position WFP as a strategic and collaborative partner with the Government; contribute to the food and nutrition security of vulnerable people through an integrated approach at local level; increase the Government’s capacity to create public-private partnerships in order to become a global food supplier; and build resilience to, and mitigate the risks associated with, adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and other shocks.

30 Mar 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

29 Mar 2015 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | | Sunday 3/29/2015 - 12:48 GMT

Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pleadged a "political solution" for the island's war-torn north, where ethnic minority Tamils have long demanded greater autonomy.

During a two-day visit to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, Wickremesinghe also repeated his government's promise of national reconciliation six years after the island's ethnic war ended, his office said in a statement on Sunday.

27 Mar 2015 description

Nairobi, 27 March 2015—With the contribution of USD50.93 million from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat will implement projects in Asia, Arab States and Africa.

27 Mar 2015 description

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a joint project in support of Government policy to fight undernutrition in Sri Lanka. The ‘Scaling Up Nutrition through Multi-Sector Approach’ was launched on 18 March 2015 at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine under the auspices of Honorable Dr. Rajith Senarathne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, D. M. R. B.

26 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.

20 Mar 2015 description

Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka steps up to international standards regarding human trafficking victims. The launch of the “Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on the Identification, Protection and Referral of Victims of Human Trafficking” is evidence of the Government of Sri Lanka’s strong commitment to improve the identification of victims of trafficking among vulnerable groups.

18 Mar 2015 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | | Wednesday 3/18/2015 - 17:11 GMT

Sri Lanka's new government Wednesday announced plans to remove 16 groups and hundreds of Tamils from a list of "foreign terrorists" as part of reconciliation with its largest ethnic minority.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the previous administration of hardline president Mahinda Rajapakse had linked overseas Tamil outfits to the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which was crushed by his forces by May 2009.

17 Mar 2015 description

March 17, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced Canada’s ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions as well as $2.4 million in support of demining efforts, assistance to victims of explosive remnants of war and mines, and risk education. The Government of Canada will contribute:

17 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

17 Mar 2015 description


Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

16 Mar 2015 description
Executive Summary

UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.

14 Mar 2015 description

Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.

The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.

13 Mar 2015 description

Jaffna, Sri Lanka | | Friday 3/13/2015 - 21:20 GMT


Narendra Modi will travel to Jaffna on Saturday, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Sri Lanka's Tamil heartland, a day after urging greater autonomy for the island's biggest minority after a decades-long ethnic war.

Modi, who is only the second foreign leader to visit the battle-scarred region, will launch construction of a cultural centre and hand over houses to 50,000 families that lost their homes in the decades of fighting.