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23 Jul 2018 description

Mannar, Sri Lanka, July 2018 – Engaging students in environmentally friendly activities is improving overall performance and attendance in schools across Sri Lanka, giving hope to thousands of students who are returning after being displaced by conflict and ensuring their families are resettled in a sustainable way.

24 May 2018 description

The Revised UN-Habitat Evaluation Framework (2016) has helped to increase evaluation focus, coverage and generated evidence performance. The evaluations conducted in 2017 were diverse covering country programmes (Afghanistan); global programmes (World Urban Forum7, Achieving Sustainable Urban Development, Global Land Tool Network); Subprogrammes (Urban Planning and Design); regional offices (Regional Office for Arab States) and Corporate (Mid-term evaluation of the strategic plan 2014-2019) as well as projects and programmes.

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.

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.

19 Feb 2015 description

Colombo 19 February 2015 - The Government of India in June 2010 announced that it would construct 50,000 houses as part of its post-conflict rehabilitation efforts. The Project is being implemented as full grant assistance amounting to USD 250 million from the Government of India, making it one of the largest grant assistance projects ever undertaken by the Government of India, overseas.

19 Dec 2014 description

Manilla, 18 December 2014 – As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat draws attention to the results achieved in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, and the lessons learned. UN-Habitat now contributes to various humanitarian clusters, especially shelter and WASH, and supports the global community as the focal point for House, Land and Property issues.

13 Mar 2014 description

The Government of Japan has announced that it is providing funding amounting to US$ 3,678,178 (Japanese Yen377,000,000) through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure, livelihood improvement and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces over the next two years.

21 Jan 2014 description

UN-Habitat and its partners will host a conference on post emergency shelter reconstruction in Sri Lanka in March this year. The March 24-25 conference will be held in partnership with the European Union (EU), Australian Aid and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) under the theme: ‘Restoring Communities through Home-Owner-Driven Reconstruction: from Post-Emergency to Development’.

24 Oct 2013 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 Oct 13

The Government of Australia provided AUD 1,000,000 (LKR 126 million) to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans for the cities of Ratnapura, Batticaloa, Kalmunai and Balangoda. The plans for each city were officially launched at the BMICH in Colombo today.

03 May 2013 description

The Government of Australia is providing USD 1,039,900 to improve planning and community resilience in four disaster prone cities, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Akkaraipattu. The latest funding is in addition to earlier Australian funding of AUD 1,000,000 in 2012 for disaster preparedness in the cities of Balangoda, Batticaloa, Kalmunai and Ratnapura.

21 Feb 2013 description

Northern Province, Sri Lanka, 20 Feb 13

Less than six months after the commencement of the Indian Housing Project in the North of Sri Lanka, several home owners have already completed reconstructing their houses.

27 Jan 2013 description

January 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: UN-Habitat is extending its partnership with the European Union (EU), Government of Australia (AusAID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to implement the second phase of the housing recovery project for conflict affected families. The project “Improving Living Conditions in Returnee Areas of Sri Lanka through Housing” will be implemented over the next 30 months to mid 2015 in the North and East.

01 Nov 2012 description

October 2012, Balangoda, Sri Lanka. An awareness programme on “Disaster Resilient Practices for sustainable constructions” for local government officers, technical personnel and the general public was held in Balangoda recently. The workshop is a key output of the project ‘Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities' funded by the Government of Australia, being implemented in the cities of Balangoda, Ratnapura, Batticola and Kalmunai in Sri Lanka.

15 Aug 2012 description

Colombo, 15 Aug 12

The Government of India last month signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to assist the reconstruction of 16,800 houses for conflict affected returnees in the Northern Province of the neighbouring Sri Lanka.

At a ceremony held at the Ministry of Economic Development, UN-Habitat and three other Implementing Agencies (IAs) signed agreements for the reconstruction and repair of 43,000 houses in total.

15 Aug 2012 description

15th August 2012, Balangoda, Sri Lanka: The rehabilitation of Dorawela Oya (stream) in Balangoda town commenced on Thursday 15th August 2012 with a community driven “Shramadana” (clean-up operation). The rehabilitation of the polluted “Dorawela Oya” stream, which is an important water source for Balangoda town, is a key initiative under the project “Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities”. This project is being implemented by UN-Habitat in close collaboration with the Balangoda Local Authority, Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the University of Moratuwa.

11 Aug 2012 description

Over 150 international and local volunteers work alongside the families to build houses during a six-day event

05 Jul 2012 description

5th July 2012, Balangoda, Sri Lanka: A Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) unit was declared open at the Balangoda Urban Council premises by Hon. Gamini Weerasinghe, the Mayor of Balangoda, on 5th of July 2012 under the "Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities" project funded by Australian Government (AusAID), and implemented by UN-Habitat.

30 Jan 2012 description

Colombo, 30 Jan 12

A major post-conflict home reconstruction and repair project in Sri Lanka marked its first anniversary this month with the announcement that to date 3,000 internally displaced families have so far been assisted.

This major milestone in the Support to conflict-affected people through housing project was due largely thanks to the support of the European Union in partnership with the Australian Government, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

09 Nov 2011 description

Colombo, 4 Nov 11 To enhance resilience to climate change in coastal Sri Lankan cities, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) together with its national partners – the University of Moratuwa, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), have initiated a new project titled "Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal Urban Areas, Sri Lanka (CCSL)".