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President of Sri Lanka Launches the National Housing Policy on World Habitat Day

6 October 2014,  Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s first National Housing Policy was launched by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, at the World Habitat Day celebrations in Colombo. Over 5,000 people from the city’s underserved settlements including school children participated at the celebrations. This event marked the culmination of a series ...

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World Habitat Day 2014

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all ...

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Sri Lanka Plans Celebrations for World Habitat Day 2014

22 September 2014,  Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Government of Sri Lanka and its lead agencies in human settlements development have launched a series of celebrations to commemorate World Habitat Day 2014. With a focus on engaging children, youth, women and self-employed, the events will commence on the 20th of September and culminate on the World ...

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Kolamba Lamai (Colombo Children) Art Competition- 2014

The Kolamba Lamai (Colombo Children) Art Competition- 2014 was commenced at the Vihara Maha Devi Park under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (20 September). This art competition was organized by the Urban Settlements Development Authority under the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities for the children who live in ...

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Holcim supports families in North with UN-Habitat

Holcim (Lanka) a cement manufacturer in Sri Lanka, announced that it will be supporting the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) with its housing programme for conflict affected families in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The programme, which focuses primarily on improving construction skills of housing beneficiaries and local artisans, will span a period ...

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The Urban Development Authority and UN-Habitat jointly organise a workshop on Urban Resilience

16 September 2014,  Colombo, Sri Lanka: Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development officially declared open a workshop on ‘Urban Resilience’ organised jointly by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The Secretary in his address highlighted the increasing importance of Urban Resilience, which enables cities ...

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UN-Habitat Launches Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Plans for Four Cities in the North and East with Funding from the Government of Australia

15 September 2014,  Colombo, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Municipal Council of Akkaraipattu, Urban Councils of Vavuniya and Mannar and the Pradeshiya Sabha of Maritimepattu (Mullaitivu), officially launched the Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Plan for each City at the Water’s Edge in Battaramulla today. These Plans ...

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Government of Australia Supports Mannar Urban Council to Mitigate the Risk of Sea Water Intrusion in a Vulnerable Coastal Village

September 2014, Mannar, Sri Lanka: A ceremony to launch a disaster risk reduction project to mitigate sea water intrusion at Pallimunai East village in Mannar District was held on 17th September 2014 with the participation of senior district and local authority officials. This project has been identified as a priority disaster mitigation initiative by the ...

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UN-Habitat to Launch Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Plans for Four Cities in the North and East of Sri Lanka with funding from the Government of Australia

12 September 2014,  Colombo, Sri Lanka: Vavuniya The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with four cities, the Municipal Council of Akkaraipattu, Urban Councils of Vavuniya and Mannar and the Pradeshiya Sabha of Maritimepattu (Mullaitivu), will officially launch the Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Plan for each city on Monday, 15th September. The ...

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Government of Japan Supports Pre-School Education in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province with UN-Habitat and Save the Children Japan

26 August 2014, Mullaitvu District, Sri Lanka: : The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with Save the Children Japan, is supporting the development of preschool education in Sri Lanka’s conflict affected Northern Province. With funding from the Government of Japan, this joint initiative is providing training for 21 preschool teachers on child-friendly ...

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Coca-Cola – UN-Habitat partnership supports over 1,600 residents in Killinochchi district with access to fresh water

5th August 2014, Killinochchi, Sri Lanka: The Coca-Cola Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), has assisted over 1,600 residents in Punnanineeravi GN Division in Killinochchi district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to access fresh water through a rain water harvesting project. To mark the completion of this 15 month project, ...

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