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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.

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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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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

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Preventing violence against children in Sri Lanka
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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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UNICEF’s milestones for children



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Beckham launches #EndViolence film

A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.
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Beckham's #EndViolence film

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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.

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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.



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