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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

Foreword

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

by Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI

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.

13 Mar 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center

The timetable may be slipping, but still Sri Lanka’s new government has been hailed for arresting the country’s rapid descent into the quagmire of corruption, repression and Sinhala ethnic triumphalism that characterized the preceding regime of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Under the new President, Maithripala Sirisena, there have been significant moves towards restoring the rule of law, freedom of the press and ending nepotism and corruption. There has also been a significant shift away from Rajapaksa’s mercenary accommodation with China to a pivot back toward India and the West.

13 Mar 2015 description

Friday the 13th is an unlucky day for landmines. Today MAG removed its 1,000th mine in Sri Lanka so far this year – great news for 300 families eagerly waiting to resettle on a former minefield in the north of the country.

Among the people who'll benefit from this lifesaving work are 150 families that fled to India from 1989-1992 during armed conflict between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

MAG is pleased that we can clear this land and welcome these people back to their homeland.

13 Mar 2015 description

The Chinese government’s first batch of emergency materials, including 40 diesel engines, 100 water pumps and 25 steamboats, arrived in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, on March 3-4, carried by two chartered flights. They were officially handed over to the Sri Lankan side. Two high-rating generators, as the second batch of relief, will be delivered soon.

The Chinese government offered a helping hand and announced to provide Sri Lanka with 20 million yuan humanitarian aid immediately when the country suffered the biggest flood in several decades at the end of 2014.

12 Mar 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

President Maithripala Sirisena prepared to engage UN but rules out international investigation into 26-year civil war.

Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena has revealed plans to set up a domestic inquiry into crimes committed during the country's 26-year civil war, Al Jazeera has learned.

The presidency told Al Jazeera that it would look into allegations of wrongdoing in the final stages of the war, but ruled out the involvement of UN investigators.

12 Mar 2015 description

Colombo, 12 March 2015– The Government of Japan is providing funding of USD 4,201,541 through the UN-Habitat for the sustainable resettlement of conflict affected people through community-driven improvement of the learning environment in Mannar District. Over the next 30 months, this project will support fifteen schools to construct and improve infrastructure facilities through a participatory process.

12 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.

One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.