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Conference Announcement: Restoring Communities through Home-Owner-Driven Reconstruction: from Post-Emergency to Development Colombo, Sri Lanka, 24-25th March 2014

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with the European Union (EU), Australian Aid and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is pleased to announce a conference on post emergency shelter reconstruction to be held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka from 24-25 March, 2014. The conference theme is ...

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Australian Government Funding for Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units for Local Authorities in Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya

February 2014, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the local authorities of Mannar, Maritimepattu (Mullaitivu) and Vavuniya, ceremonially opened Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units in each local authority. Establishing the Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units is a key component of the Disaster Resilient ...

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The Government of Australia Supports Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Kalmunai Town, in Partnership with UN-Habitat

January 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Throughout the recent past, an increase in localized disasters in Sri Lanka has resulted in the need for improved disaster preparedness and response capacity at the Local Government level. Responding to this need, the Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities Project, funded by the Government of Australia, ...

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Training Programme on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Urban Planning and Development for Planning Officials in the North and East of Sri Lanka

16 December 2013, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration with Urban Development Authority (UDA) conducted a three day residential training programme on “Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Urban Planning and Development” for Urban Planning and Local Authority officials in the North and East of Sri Lanka in December ...

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Australian Prime Minister Meets UN-Habitat Housing Beneficiaries in Sri Lanka

17 November 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, met with housing beneficiaries who have reconstructed their conflict damaged homes with Australian Government funding on Sunday 17th November at the Australian High Commission in Colombo. The Housing Recovery Programme is implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme ...

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UN-Habitat Launches Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans for the Cities of Balangoda, Batticaloa, Ratnapura and Kalmunai

21 October 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with the Municipal Councils of Ratnapura, Batticaloa and Kalmunai and the Urban Council of Balangoda officially launched the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans for each City at the BMICH in Colombo today. The four DRR and Preparedness Plans ...

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Breaking Traditional Barriers: Women Train as Masons and Carpenters in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

September 2013, Northern Province, Sri Lanka: Women from Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected Northern Province are breaking traditional barriers by moving into previously male-dominated occupations in the construction sector. By engaging in vocational skills training programmes in masonry and carpentry, both male and female youth are empowered to pursue skilled occupations. Masonry and carpentry have been traditionally ...

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Breaking Traditional Barriers: Women Train as Masons and Carpenters in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

September 2013, Northern Province, Sri Lanka: Women from Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected Northern Province are breaking traditional barriers by moving into previously male-dominated occupations in the construction sector. By engaging in vocational skills training programmes in masonry and carpentry, both male and female youth are empowered to pursue skilled occupations. Masonry and carpentry have been traditionally ...

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Foundation Laying Ceremony to Construct Preschools

September 2013, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Foundation stone laying ceremonies for the construction of two preschools took place at the Kandawalai DS Division in Killinochchi District on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. Key stakeholders of this programme including the District Secretary of Killinochchi District, Ms.Rupavathi Ketheeswaran, and the Divisional Secretary of Kandawalai DS Division, Mr.S.Mukunthan participated ...

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Sri Lanka’s draft National Housing Policy Open for Public Discussion

September 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka introduced a draft National Housing Policy for public discussion at a ceremony held in Colombo, on the 6th of September 2013. Sri Lankans will now have the opportunity to submit their views on the policy, before it’s finalized by the lawmakers. The policy was presented ...

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Helping Returnee Families in the North with Sanitation Facilities

August 2013, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with the International Non-Governmental Organisation, Soroptimist International Kagoshima (SIK) and the Rural Development Foundation (RDF) is supporting conflict affected families in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to construct sanitation facilities in their homes. This water and ...

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