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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.

World Water Day:

Nearly 750 million people still without adequate drinking water – UNICEF


Sri Lanka Launches First Ever Parliamentary Caucus for Children as Parliamentarians pledge their commitment to children’s rights

Colombo, November 20, 2014: To mark the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), that was ratified by Sri Lanka in 1991, Sri Lankan Parliamentarians – from all political parties - launched the country’s first ever Parliamentary Caucus for Children at a historic event attended by a wide selection of parliamentarians, government officials, civil society members, media and the diplomatic corp.


Presidential Secretariat leads drive to transform all primary schools into 'Child Friendly Schools' by 2016 with Ministry of Education and UNICEF

English, Sinhala

Reflections on child rights in Sri Lanka, during the past 25 years
By Dr. Hiranthi Wijemanne


August 21, 2014 ; Kandy: In advance of a conference to be held tomorrow on Community Water Services, UNICEF commended the efforts of community water providers AND Government of Sri Lanka for recognizing their vital role.

Celebrating All Rights for All Children in Sri Lanka-The 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Colombo, September 16, 2014: At a star-studded event with cricket legends Mahela Jayawardene, singer Neela Wickramasinghe, actor Pramuditha Udayakumara, actress Pooja Umashankar and singers and accapella group Voice Print, UNICEF and its partners made a pledge to safeguard and protect children’s rights as part of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) launch event at BMICH today.

Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Department and UNICEF Launch the Development of an Electronic Database to Speed up Justice for Children

Colombo, 20th August 2014 –The Ministry of Justice is initiating an innovative web-based tracking system for the Attorney General’s Department developed by the University of Colombo -School of Computing (UCSC) with the financial and technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


‘Iron Deficiency a Leading Cause of Anemia’ say’s Ministry of Health & UNICEF.

COLOMBO, 29 May 2014 – The Ministry of Health has partnered with UNICEF to boost awareness on the importance of iron rich foods as a way to decrease the growing numbers of children and women affected by Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) in the country.  Estimates indicate that 1 in 3 children, and 1 in 4 adults in Sri Lanka suffer from iron deficiency anemia making it the most critical micronutrient related deficiency in the country.
English, Sinhala, Tamil

 EU-UNICEF open Health Centre in Gomarangadawala, Eastern Sri Lanka


April 1, Eastern Sri Lanka: Just outside of Trincomalee, a new basic health centre was opened today that will provides preventive health care and nutrition services to 15,000 people in the area.


World Water Day: Time to Focus on Water Quality is Now, Says UNICEF
COLOMBO, 21 March 2014, Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe Drinking water, and the UN General  Assembly declared that water was a human right, the key issue now, according to UNICEF is how can efforts be strengthened to ensure safe water for all Sri Lankans.
English, Sinhala, Tamil

UNICEF & ILO Joint Statement on Recent Reports of Children involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation



March 14, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: UNICEF and ILO are very concerned about recent factually incorrect reports in the media that state ‘there are over 40,000 child prostitutes in Sri Lanka, according to UNICEF and ILO statistics



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