Progress for Children and the Sustainable Development Goals
Nearly 15 years ago, the global community rallied behind eight goals in the hopes of building a better and more prosperous world. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set measurable targets and a 2015 deadline for achieving them.
As that deadline draws near, UNICEF has examined global data to determine whether children now have a greater chance to survive and thrive than they did when the goals were set in 2000. The results, showcased in UNICEF’s 2015 Progress for Children report, clearly show that despite significant achievements, millions of the world’s most vulnerable children have not benefitted from development efforts in the past 15 years.
UNICEF Welcomes First Student-led Conference on Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in South Asia
Colombo, June 15, 2015: The Government of Sri Lanka is organizing the first-ever student-led conference on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in South Asia on 16 and 17 June in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. UNICEF warmly welcomes this innovative initiative to empower young people and involve them in appropriate decision making.
UNICEF's Regional Director for South Asia, Karin Hulshof, congratulated the Government of Sri Lanka today and said, “It is a well-established fact that the appropriate participation of children in key decisions affecting them impacts positively on development outcomes. We are delighted that students from all over South Asia will be sharing their views on how we can improve the use of safe drinking water, clean toilets and hand washing practices in the region. We look forward to Governments taking these recommendations into their sector policy agendas.”
Government and UNICEF Launch Campaign to End Child Sexual Abuse and Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka
Thursday 30th April 2015, Colombo: At an event attended by high level government officials, civil society, media and children, the State Minister of Child Affairs, the Honorable Rosy Senanayake launched a national campaign to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and violence in the country.