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Sri Lanka World Habitat Day 2020

World Habitat Day 2020 “Housing for All: A Better Urban Future” 5th October 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of each year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of adequate shelter to all. The Day is ...

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Towards ‘housing for all’ through peoples’ participatory process

4th October 2020, Sunday Times Towards ‘housing for all’ through peoples’ participatory process: Watapuluwa Housing Scheme and the pioneer contribution of Minnette de Silva By Chanaka Talpahewa “In the past 75 years [from 1875-1950] the population of Ceylon has trebled. Yet typical living standards, while low in comparison with the West, have been maintained and ...

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KOICA provides UN-Habitat with US$ 195,000 as emergency support to Sri Lanka’s Central Province in dealing with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic

24th September 2020, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka: Today, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) ceremonially signed a grant agreement with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to implement a five-month project in Central Province of Sri Lanka to improve awareness and resilience of poor and marginalised estate and rural communities to counter health hazards and ...

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UN-Habitat supports Provincial Councils and Local Authorities during COVID-19

The State of Sri Lankan Cities (SoSLC) Project of UN-Habitat is supporting Provincial Councils with their efforts to ensure smooth provision of municipal services during COVID-19 pandemic related mobility and health restrictions. Currently, UN-Habitat is supporting the Western and Central Provincial Councils, and the support for Eastern Province is being developed. The SoSLC ‘COVID-19 Response ...

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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 ...

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Sri Lanka Celebrates World Habitat Day 2019

Sri Lanka Celebrates World Habitat Day 2019 “Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth” in Battaramulla. 7th October 2019, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. The main National event to celebrate Word Habitat Day 2019 was held in Sri Lanka at Ape Gama in Battaramulla, Colombo District. The Chief Guest at the celebration was ...

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Launch of the State of Sri Lankan Cities – 2018 Report

6 December 2018, Colombo. Today, UN-Habitat in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, launched the State of Sri Lankan Cities – 2018   report at a national event held at the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies in Colombo. Since March 2017, the State of Sri Lankan Cities project has been implemented by UN-Habitat in close ...

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First Set of Houses Constructed Through the Indian Housing Project in Plantation Areas Handed Over to Estate Families in Nuwara Eliya.

12 August 2018, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka: The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe handed over the first set of completed houses funded by the Indian Housing Project in the Plantation Areas, to plantation workers in Nuwara Eliya district, today. The project was implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), through ...

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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 ...

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