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20 Oct 2016 description

COLOMBO (20 October 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, today urged the Government of Sri Lanka not to lose the momentum gained by the new administration in 2015, and show its commitment to minority rights through concrete action.

20 Oct 2016 description
report AlertNet

As the country cycles between drought and floods, managing water better is crucial, experts say

By Amantha Perera

MAHASENPURA, Sri Lanka, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this village in southern Sri Lanka's Hambantota District, water sales are big business.

Beset by a prolonged dry spell and day-time temperatures reaching above 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Farenheit), the village has seen all of its wells run dry.

Read more on Thomson Reuters Foundation.

15 Oct 2016 description

In Asia and the Pacific, the consolidation of the Governance and Conflict Prevention work under one cluster has led to a number of regional initiatives with specific focus on peacebuilding including a Regional Project on Supporting Inclusive and Peaceful Societies in Asia Pacific (SIPSAP).

To take stock of the work done at the country level we are pleased to present Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding work in Asia Pacific, a report put together by the Bangkok Regional Hub with inputs from Country Offices engaged in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.

14 Oct 2016 description
report UNOPS

The monsoon season brings torrential rainfall to Mannar Island, in north-west Sri Lanka. This meant bad news for over 30,000 people who live there. Not anymore.

Decades a​go, over 70 ponds provided natural drainage to this low-lying area. Since then, many of these were filled-up for the construction of buildings. Further, the roads within the Council were developed with limited drainage and culverts. During the monsoon, water levels would rise between the roads. Septic tanks would overflow and run through the streets.

13 Oct 2016 description
report UN Security Council



The threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) might become a growing challenge to international peace and security as the military operations against the group continued to make progress, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council today.

13 Oct 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.

During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.

11 Oct 2016 description

Chronic conflicts, drought, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.

11 Oct 2016 description


  • The National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition towards Zero Hunger, supported by WFP and led by Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former president of Sri Lanka (1994-2005) was inaugurated.

  • WFP successfully provided cash assistance to 22,900 people affected by floods and landslides in four districts. This also concludes the Emergency Operation 200990.

WFP Assistance

11 Oct 2016 description

30Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India will arrive in Sri Lanka under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program.

V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs confirmed that of these 30refugee returnees 13 are males and 17are females. They will get back to Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Mannar, and Trincomalee.

10 Oct 2016 description
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I. Introduction

1. In adopting its resolution 2253 (2015), the Security Council expressed its determination to address the threat posed to international peace and security by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) and associated individuals and groups, as well as emphasizing the importance of cutting off its access to funds and preventing it from planning and facilitating attacks. In paragraph 97 of the resolution, the Council requested me to provide an initial strategic-level report, followed by updates every four months thereafter.

10 Oct 2016 description

COLOMBO –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a three-year agreement to roll out a set of activities which will improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.

06 Oct 2016 description

Sri Lanka Army has taken the initiative to supply drinking water to drought hit areas of Welikanda, Dimbulagala, Lankapura, Thamankaduwa, Medirigiriya and Hingurakgoda areas in the East.

This was commenced on 21st September with a view to bring relief to drought affected communities in the region. Dry weather conditions during the past few months have resulted in a shortage of water with dwindling water levels in reservoirs and irrigation tanks in many parts of the country.

04 Oct 2016 description

Nearly 208,000 persons from 51, 561 families in several districts have been affected by the prevailing drought.

According to the Disaster Management Center sources, 69,678 people in Eastern Province, 8,600 people in Northern Province, 8,422 people in North Western Province, over 10, 000 people in Sabaragamuwa Province, and 110, 350 people from 23,000 families in North Central Province are facing a water shortage due to the drought.

03 Oct 2016 description

No. 242/2016 dated 3 October 2016

By Sara Mahmood


Children are being recruited in multiple capacities and significant numbers within the ranks of armed groups in the Syrian conflict. The participation of children in the conflict carries an inevitable multigenerational impact; violence is likely to continue beyond the cessation of hostilities.


30 Sep 2016 description


  • The WFP emergency operation (EMOP 200990) provided assistance to 6,651 households affected by Cyclone Roanu, while continuing to provide technical support in scaling up the Government’s social safety net scheme, Divineguma, for future use in emergencies.

  • Due to funding shortages, a distribution in the supply of Super Cereal Plus will force a suspension in the treatment of children aged 6-59 months who suffer moderate acute malnutrition

Operational Updates

29 Sep 2016 description

Highlights of GAO-16-819, a report to the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate

Why GAO Did This Study?

29 Sep 2016 description

28/09/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s (SLRCS) Colombo Branch, in partnership with Oxfam Sri Lanka carried out yet another dengue prevention and cleaning campaign in the suburbs of the Colombo city, that were flooded during the monsoonal rains last May.

SLRCS Colombo Branch coordinating with Divisional Secretariat, Municipal Council, Medical Officer of Health, Civil Society, Sri Lanka Police conducted a door to door campaign inspecting the environment of the households and whether they are kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites.