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UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019 and the outbreak was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in January 2020, affecting 213 countries, areas or territories around the world by mid-May 2020. Europe and the Americas are currently the most affected. The global situation could be

How do we tackle urban sprawl in Sri Lanka?

Thursday 28 June 2018, Urban sprawl is one of the key challenges facing Sri Lanka’s cities today. Sprawl development, typically defined as uncoordinated, low density urban expansion, involves rapid land consumption as cities expand and swallow up surrounding rural areas. Globally, urban sprawl is associated with a number of undesirable city attributes, from traffic jams

“Greening” Plantation Settlements in Nuwara Eliya District

August 2018, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. UN-Habitat is actively promoting a green environment in the plantation settlements where new houses are being constructed through the Indian Housing Project (IHP-CUP). In collaboration with community members and the Department of Agriculture, UN-Habitat has implemented a special environment programme to promote a number of greening initiatives including organic

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UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed our lives. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) was quick to react to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The impact of the pandemic will have devastating effects on densely populated underserved settlements. UN-Habitat, as a partner of the GoSL is ready to support the COVID-19 responses of the Government to

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Evaluation of UN-Habitat Sri Lanka Country Programme 2013-2017

Overview Since 1978, UN-Habitat has supported the development of human settlements policies in Sri Lanka.1 Since this time, UN-Habitat has cooperated with the Government to initiate a range of national programmes and projects.2 After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat increased its support of Sri Lanka. The Southern Coast and North-East experienced severe damage, with