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Launch of Housing Project for Returnee Families in the North and East with funding from EU, AusAID and SDC

14 February 2013, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka:  The new housing recovery project “Improving Living Conditions in Returnee Areas of Sri Lanka through Housing” was officially launched at a ceremony in Iranapalai village in Puthukudirippu DS Division in Mullaitivu district recently. This housing project extends the existing partnership by UN-Habitat with the European Union (EU), Government of ...

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Workshop on “Trends in Housing” for Senior Sector Professionals in Sri Lanka

January 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  A workshop on “Trends in Housing”, organized by UN-Habitat Sri Lanka, in partnership with the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, brought together 50  senior technical professionals from the leading national housing agencies in Sri Lanka.  The one day workshop, held at the Centre For Housing Planning ...

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Australian Members of Parliament Visit Housing Project in Killinochchi District

January 29, 2013, Killinochchi, Sri Lanka.  A delegation of Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) from Australia visited Piramanthanaru village in Killinochchi district recently. The visiting MPs included Hon. Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Scott Morrison, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship as well as Productivity and Population and Mr. Michael Keenan, Shadow ...

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Housing Support for Four Thousand Families in the North and East with Funding from the European Union, Australian and Swiss Governments

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” ...

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Turning Sri Lanka’s Urban Vision into Policy and Action

December 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The World Bank and UN-Habitat offices in Sri Lanka have jointly launched a policy note, “Turning Sri Lanka’s Urban Vision into Policy and Action”, aimed at supporting the Government of Sri Lanka achieve its Urban Vision as outlined in the national development policy framework – the Mahinda Chinthana. The policy ...

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Disaster Risk Reduction Unit for Kalmunai Municipal Council

December 17, 2012, Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Unit of the Kalmunai Municipal Council was ceremonially opened on 17th December by the Hon. Mayor of Kalmunai, Dr. M. Siraz Meerasahib. UN-Habitat Programme Manager, Laxman Perera, DRR Project Manager, Indu Weerasoori, Municipal Commissioner, J. Liyakath Ali, Council members, senior Government and Local Authority ...

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Supporting Disaster Resilient Construction in Sri Lanka’s Coastal Areas

November 2012, Batticaloa and Kalmunai, Eastern province Sri Lanka. Two awareness workshops on “Best Practices for Disaster Resilient Constructions in Coastal Areas” for local contractors, masons, carpenters and members of the Rural Development Society (RDS) were held in the cities of Kalmunai and Batticaloa recently. This is a key output of the project ‘Disaster Resilient ...

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Workshop on Disaster Resilient Practices for Constructions in Hilly Areas

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 ...

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World Habitat Day 2012

  The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 1 October 2012. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended ...

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Rehabilitation and Flood Mitigation of “Dorawela Oya” in Balangoda Town Commences with Community Participation

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 ...

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