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.
Watch UNICEF's #ENDViolence films
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
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
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.
View the full campaign
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
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.
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
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.
Read press release
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
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
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”
Beckham launches #EndViolence film
Beckham's #EndViolence film
Universal Children’s Day
20 leading Sri Lankan authors, film directors, journalists and sports personalities have joined over 200 prominent international writers and poets in penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each, to draw attention to the injustice many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children are facing.
Read ‘tiny stories’
New UNICEF Representative for Sri Lanka
Tim Sutton has assumed office as the new Representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka.
50m children globally are ‘uprooted’
A new report released today by UNICEF entitled ‘Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children’ highlights how across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted, with 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life. Nearly 12 million of the world’s international child migrants live in Asia, with the five countries and territories hosting the largest numbers of refugees in the world within the continent.
UNICEF Sri Lanka’s flood response in an info-graphics
UNICEF collaborated with the Government of Sri Lanka on a large scale campaign to ‘End Child Sexual Abuse and Violence against Children in Sri Lanka’.