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SL children need more Eat, Play, Love

 UNICEF opens petition, launches Father’s Day campaign featuring musician Jananath Warakagoda, former Sri Lanka rugby captain Fazil Marija, and broadcaster K D Pragash, to show how through ‘eat, play and love’ parents can build their children’s brains, and transform their futures.

Donate to UNICEF SL via Pay&Go

 Sri Lankan’s across the country are now able to directly donate to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) work for children and young people, though Pay&Go nationwide network of payment kiosks.

Stronger preparedness for climate change

Sri Lanka needs stronger disaster preparedness and response to combat climate change.
Australian Government, WFP and UNICEF launch partnership to help communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters. 

UNICEF celebrates SL breastfeeding rate

Babies in South Asia including Sri Lanka are more likely to be breastfed than any other region in the world and are breastfed for longer, UNICEF said in a new analysis released today. 

UNICEF SL mourns passing of UNRC

With deep sadness, UNICEF Sri Lanka mourns the passing of Ms. Una McCauley, United Nations Sri Lanka Resident Coordinator, UNDP Sri Lanka Resident Representative and prior to this, UNICEF’s Representative in Sri Lanka. The most senior UN official in Sri Lanka, Ms. McCauley was an inspirational leader, a dedicated humanitarian and a true champion for children. 

UNICEF launch #ChildrenOnlineSL Report

UNICEF has launched a new report entitled ‘Keeping Children Safe and Empowered Online: A study on Sri Lanka’s digital landscape’ to mark Safer Internet Day 2018. The report shows, for the first time, how adolescents access and use the internet in Sri Lanka, and recommends key actions to ensure that young people benefit from the full, positive potential of these technologies, whilst minimizing the potential for harm.

Ms. H. Fore as new Executive Director

 Henrietta Fore has taken office as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director.  Ms. Fore brings to the role more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience.
“I am honored to be joining such a remarkable organization, which I have known and admired for many years, and look forward to continuing UNICEF’s work to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them realize their potential,” Ms. Fore said.

Yuvraj Singh in SL for ICC-UNICEF launch

International Indian cricket superstar Yuvraj Singh joined five under-19 cricket stars of the future, and adolescents from across South Asia in Colombo to showcase the power of sports to shape the future of adolescents in the region – home to over 340 million 10-19 year olds.

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MoJ and UNICEF launch justice report

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), in partnership with UNICEF has launched ‘A Legal and Institutional Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Justice System for Children’, a new report that recommends a set of 27 key long and short term actions, that if implemented will further strengthen the administration of justice for children in Sri Lanka. 

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‘A Legal and Institutional Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Justice System for Children'

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SL hosts parliamentary forum on ECD

A special parliamentary forum highlighting the transformative impact on investing in early childhood could have on Sri Lanka, was organized by the Sri Lanka Parliamentary Caucus for Children in partnership with UNICEF, and under the leadership of the Speaker of Parliament, Honourable Karu Jayasuriya. Open to all Members of Parliament, this session presented new medical and economic research into the impact of early childhood development on economic and social development across Asia and Sri Lanka.

UNICEF launch global violence report

Staggering numbers of children – some as young as 12 months old – are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new global report released entitled
‘A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents’. The report uses the very latest data to show that children experience violence across all stages of childhood and in all settings globally.

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Commonwealth Games baton in SL

Seven months after its departure from London, the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay arrived in Sri Lanka as part of its tour of every Commonwealth nation and territory, and in advance of the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. The baton was welcomed to the country by the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena and by UNICEF Sri Lanka at a specially hosted event in Colombo, which showcased how UNICEF is using sport to foster social cohesion among young people. 

UNICEF launch new #ENDViolence films

Marking Sri Lanka’s Children’s Day, UNICEF has today released a set of three, powerful five-minute films that call on all Sri Lankans to urgently prevent and protect children and young people from all forms of violence including sexual and physical abuse, neglect and exploitation. The hard-hitting films, each focus on an individual real-life story of a young person who has experienced a form of violence, and shows the devastating impact on their lives. 

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UNICEF release global ECD report

UNICEF’s new ECD report entitled ‘Early Moments Matter: For Every Child’ highlights how only 15 countries worldwide have three basic national policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young children’s healthy brain development. Sri Lanka is not one of these 15 countries 

UNICEF release global ECD report

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SL adolescents speak out

In a special UNICEF session at the Sri Lanka Model United Nations (SLMUN) in Colombo, 8 young people expressed their views on the challenges facing adolescents in Sri Lanka, in front of an audience of over 600 peers. The session formed part of UNICEF’s regional ‘#WeTheFuture’ adolescent campaign.

Watch a 2 minute video of the event

UNICEF hands over drought relief

UNICEF today handed over four water bowsers to His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena in support of the Government of Sri Lanka’s ongoing response to the country’s worst drought in 40 years.

Religious Leaders Promote Child Rights

Religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations from across South Asia including Sri Lanka, met for the first time to discuss and advance children’s rights and wellbeing in the region.

SL ranks well in breastfeeding scorecard

Sri Lanka ranked in the top 23 countries globally on breastfeeding rates, as new analysis shows an investment of US$4.70 per newborn could generate US$300 billion in economic gains by 2025 

Global Scorecard

Tracking Progress for Breastfeeding Policies and Programmes: Global breastfeeding scorecard 2017

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Executive summary


Father’s Day ECD Campaign Launches

 Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Sachin Tendulkar, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton and Hugh Jackman have joined the United Nations Children’s Agency’s (UNICEF) new Father’s Day campaign, to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.

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End violence partnership launches

 The National Partnership to End Violence Against Children (NPEVAC) in Sri Lanka, was launched today as part of a bold, new collaborative partnership between the government, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society, faith groups, the private sector, the media, children and other key stakeholders

Related documents

Preventing violence against children in Sri Lanka
1. Report,
2. Policy Brief,
3. Inforgraphic


UNICEF responding to SL floods

An estimated 604,700 people, 30% of which are children, are currently affected by severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka caused by adverse weather conditions.

Flood Response

Situation report : Sri Lanka flood and landslide 2017

Breastfeeding in emergencies

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appeal to all relevant parties to be mindful of the continued need for breastfeeding of infants during the current flood and landslide emergency, and caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of infant formula and powdered milk.

Sri Lanka faces worst drought in 40 years

a new UNICEF report highlights how globally children will be most affected as climate change worsens unfolding water crises.

Thristing for a Future

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SL MP’s Join South Asian Lawmakers

Four members of Parliament from Sri Lanka have joined fellow lawmakers from across South Asia in the first meeting of ‘The South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children’, to agree ways to prioritise and safeguard children’s rights in a region.

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A deadly journey for children

Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in a new report.

UNICEF launches #EarlyMomentsMatter

UNICEF has launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain
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UNICEF commemorates 70 years

On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination
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UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative Tim Sutton: “With committed and concerted effort, we can achieve more for our children today, and build a better Sri Lanka for tomorrow”
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