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25 Oct 2012 description

Colombo, October 24, 2012. With the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, in marking the 67th United Nations Day this year, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the need to prepare a bold and practical post 2015 agenda. Marking the occasion locally, the United Nations in Sri Lanka, held a morning event for its partners, in the presence of Chief Guest, Hon. Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation, Dr.

25 Sep 2012 description

(Colombo, 25 September 2012): Menik Farm in Sri Lanka, once the world’s largest camp for people displaced from the conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009 has closed, as the last remaining inhabitants leave the camp.

“This is a milestone event towards ending a chapter of displacement in Sri Lanka some three years after the civil war which ended in May 2009. But there are still some people who are unable to return to their homes and a solution urgently needs to be found,” said the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Mr. Subinay Nandy.

22 Feb 2011 description

    This document is a compendium of projects aimed to respond to the priorities outlined in the Joint Plan of Assistance (JPA) to the Northern Province 2011. The JPA was developed through a consultative process led by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on assistance needed during 2011 to help people in the Northern Province to recover and rebuild their lives.

07 Feb 2011 description

Colombo, 07 February 2011 - The United Nations (UN) continues to support the Government to meet the urgent needs for shelter, food and drinking water among one million people affected by the second wave of floods this year.

01 Feb 2011 description

Joint plan of assistance launched to support northern recovery

Colombo / 01 February 2011: To support the people in the north to recover and rebuild their lives the Government of Sri Lanka, jointly with the United Nations and the broad humanitarian community including NGOs, launched a plan of assistance today.

The one-year program called the "Joint Plan for Assistance for Northern Province in 2011" (JPA) identifies priority activities and strategies to be undertaken during 2011.

30 Nov 2010 description


- According to available information, by 2 December the total population resettled in the Northern Province since August 2009 amounts to 325,820 persons/102,081 families. In October, 9,816 persons/3,110 families returned to their areas of origin (Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar districts), mostly IDPs from host families.

13 Sep 2010 description

Colombo, 13 September 2010 - The United Nations this week facilitates a visit of representatives from six donor agencies to the Eastern Province as part of the UN's continuing attention to post-conflict challenges facing the country.

31 Aug 2010 description


- Between 29 July and 26 August, 11,578 individuals (4,070 families) returned to their places of origin, the majority were from host families and less than 2,000 from Menik Farm.

26 Aug 2010 description

(Colombo, 26 August 2010): The United Nations Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) Neil Buhne reiterated the urgent need to stay the course in helping displaced persons and returned communities when briefing donors assisting the work of humanitarian organizations supporting Sri Lanka's national efforts.

"The job is not yet done. It is still a critical period and we ask for your continued support to meet the remaining crucial needs" Buhne said.

31 Jul 2010 description


- Between 3 June and 29 July 2010, approximately 41,740 individuals (about 12,733 families) returned to their areas of origin in the Northern Province. This brings the total number of people resettled since late 2009 to 194,821, with an additional 82,596 IDPs in host families and 1,267 in social care institutions. Additionally, 37,469 IDPs in camps await return to their homes.

- Between 1 January 2009 and 14 July 2010, a total 385.7 km2 of land in the North was cleared of landmines / Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).

21 May 2010 description


Return update

- Approximately 20,600 IDPs were released / returned during May mostly from Menik Farm and, to a lesser extent, from host families. As of 20 May, 60,900 IDPs await resettlement in Menik Farm.

- Humanitarian actors continue to support the Competent Authority for IDPs to determine the mine contamination status of proposed return locations. Some IDPs are accommodated in secondary transit centres until the completion of demining operations allow for access to their lands.

23 Apr 2010 description


Resettlement update

Return movements from Menik Farm and host families resumed on 16 April after a temporary suspension at the end of March over the general election period.

15 Apr 2010 description


Adult separatees and children associated with armed groups released

- On 5 and 6 April, a total 1,158 separatees, almost all of whom had disabilities, were released. Some of the group chose to join their families in Menik Farm. Camp authorities ensured that the individuals' names were included in their family cards to entitle them to food assistance. The rest of the group chose to return to their districts of origin.

01 Apr 2010 description

(Colombo, 01 April 2010): An allocation of USD $ 13.75 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will help United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support Sri Lanka's efforts to assist thousands of civilians displaced in the North or just returning to the region.

"This contribution is a clear demonstration of the United Nations' commitment to meeting the urgent needs of the people affected by the conflict," said Neil Buhne, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Sri Lanka.

26 Mar 2010 description


CERF support for services to IDPs and returnees

- Sri Lanka has received US$ 13.7 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to strengthen UN and IOM support to thousands of civilians displaced in the Northern Province or just returning to the region.

12 Mar 2010 description


Support to the return process

- Returns continued at an increased pace, particularly from Menik Farm. The Competent Authority for IDPs has shared a schedule of planned returns with agencies, which is constantly revised as demining operations make returns possible.

26 Feb 2010 description

I. Situation Overview & highlights

- Zone 5 in Menik Farm is now being used as a collection centre for IDPs during return movements, allowing IDPs access to water and sanitation facilities while they await transport to their districts of origin.

15 Feb 2010 description

The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator has received queries regarding recent comments made by former UN spokesman, Gordon Weiss, in an interview with Australian Television. These views, communicated to the media are his personal ones and do not represent those of the United Nations. The overall view of the UN on any particular situation comes from statements by the Secretary General or other senior UN figures.

A number of queries were made on Mr. Weiss' comments on civilian casualties.