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2014

Youth Participation in the Post-2015 Agenda
Remarks by the UNICEF Representative to Sri Lanka
Saturday 4th January 2014
BMICH Conference Room


On behalf of the Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka, thank you for the opportunity to be here this evening to engage in this discussion.   I think I speak for all of us when I say the more we engage in these discussions, the greater the chances that we will maximize the opportunities for our young people presented by the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the World Conference on Youth.

My comments will focus on the UN’s role in facilitating participation by adolescents and youth in developing the post-2015 Agenda.  I will speak primarily about the global efforts and then make the link between global processes and the World Conference on Youth.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
Silaawaththai School Opening
January 27, 2014


It is wonderful to know that the Australian Government and UNICEF have been able to help in some small way to rebuild your school so that you have new facilities and are able to enable 371 students to learn.

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Remarks by the Chief of Communication
at the ACCA SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS CEREMONY
6pm February 25, 2014
Cinnamon Grand


It is an absolute pleasure for me to join you tonight as you recognize those businesses that are leading the way in promoting environmental, social and
governance impact reporting. And it is indeed that word impact that interests UNICEF tonight. As business leaders you interact and impact on children every day ... as consumers, as family members of employees, as young workers and even as future employees.  What we would like you to consider tonight is a business case for a more comprehensive approach to children.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
at the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus
for International Women’s Day 2014
March 7, 2014


It is a pleasure for the United Nations to join you this morning as we focus our attention once again to the importance of equality and equity for women and girls. In 1979, almost all the countries of the world ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to affirm the fundamental human rights of women and girls. Twenty years ago, in Beijing, nations of the world again agreed that the advancement of women must be at the forefront of our efforts to promote human rights and sustainable development.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
at Australia Aid’s Women’s Day Event
March 12, 2014

Thank you so much for inviting UNICEF to join you this afternoon. As you know, UNICEF’s global mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Through our country programmes, we address gender issues by promoting the equal rights of women and girls in education, in health care and in child protection.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
at the Opening of the First Youth for Children Dialogue at UNICEF
March 11, 2014


Good afternoon everyone and once again welcome to UNICEF. As you probably know, UNICEF was created by the United Nations in 1946, after the end of World War II, to provide food, clothing and health care to children affected by the war. Since then, we have expanded our reach to over 190 countries and territories, where we work with governments, NGOs, the private sector and indeed groups of young people like you to help realize the basic rights of children.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
World Water Day National Event
March 22, 2014 0900
BMICH


UNICEF is privileged to join you this morning to talk once again about the importance of investing in safe water and in turn helping children survive and thrive. I would like to begin, however, by congratulating the Government of Sri Lanka for the tremendous progress it is making to reach the MDG target for water. Today some than 84% of the country’s population has access to improved sources of drinking water, bringing Sri Lanka both to the top of the list of South Asian countries in terms of access to drinking water and improved sanitation.

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REMARKS BY THE UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE
WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE
SESSION ON ENDING SYSTEMIC INEQUALITIES: LOOKING BACK
May 6, 2014


I understand that Millennials is the new term for young people aged 15-34 – So, let me begin by welcoming you again to this conference and giving you some good news. As we approach 2015, we have much to celebrate – longevity, more students in school, more children surviving beyond their fifth birthday, more access to medicines, sanitation, clean water, information and more people lifted out of poverty.

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SPEECH FOR THE WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE
ON ENDING SYSTEMIC INEQUALITIES: TAKING ACTION


Delivered by UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for South Asia, Stephen Adkisson

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative at the
Media Round Table Discussion on Online Safety
May 19, 2014


On behalf of UNICEF, I would like to again thank all the distinguished members of the panel and the senior media professionals who have joined us today. As you all know, UNICEF is mandated by the General Assembly to promote the rights of children across the world.  We feel privileged to have been a part of Sri Lanka’s journey from before independence until today and are excited to continue to support national efforts to realize the rights of all Sri Lankan children, especially those that are most vulnerable ….. (you can expand on examples if you want)

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SPEECH OF THE UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE
at the 3rd International Community Water Services Conference
August 22, 2014
Kandy


UNICEF is absolutely delighted to join you today in this historic city of Kandy as you pay tribute to the dedicated people who are behind 4,000+ rural community water schemes in Sri Lanka. This conference sends a message that you value their contribution and count on their role in piped water delivery. Ladies and Gentlemen, as we have and will hear today, these community schemes provide 11% of Sri Lanka’s total water coverage.

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SPEECH OF THE UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE
SRI LANKA MODEL UN ASSOCIATION
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPECIAL SESSION ON CHILDREN:
A LOOK AT THE CRC AT 25
September 3, 2014


UNICEF is indeed honored to be able to address you on this very special occasion.
As you have just seen, a lot has been accomplished for children in Sri Lanka over the past 25 years … and UNICEF is immensely proud to have been part of those achievements.

And while we celebrate all the wonderful milestones that we have achieved, I do realize that not all children everywhere in the world enjoy all their rights. And this is true even in Sri Lanka that has made tremendous progress for children.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association
Annual General Meeting
September 27, 2014

I am delighted to join you today at your Annual General Meeting. Before coming here, I was looking through your website and must say that although I knew a little bit about what you do, I was quite impressed with not only the breadth of your activities and events – from leadership to HIV prevention to working with the different abled, but indeed, I was struck by the long standing history of the Girl Guides in Sri Lanka. What a rich history you have had from the First Girl Guide Company in Kandy in 1917 to an incredible organization with over 40,000 strong girls across the island.

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SPEECH OF THE UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE
AT THE CHILDREN’S HACKATHON FINALS


And, here I do mean all of you, because you are all winners in our eyes! I am delighted to be with you tonight and I would like to thank you for bringing us your ideas, for developing them, and for reminding us how ideas do indeed change the world. And it is changing and improving the world that interests us today. This is especially a proud moment for us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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REMARKS BY THE UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE
AT THE CHILDREN IN FOCUS PHOTO COMPETITION AWARDS


November 18, 2014

I am delighted to be here today as we celebrate the power of photography. I was so impressed walking around this evening and looking at the wonderful award winning photos that are showcased here. It makes me sad that we can only award the top three prizes when really, looking around us, all these photos are winners.

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Remarks by the UNICEF Representative
The 25th Anniversary of the CRC
Parliamentarians Unite for Children
20th November, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka


It is with great pleasure that I speak to you today on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The journey to this historical event began on this very day in 1989, when the world adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Leaders from across the globe including Sri Lanka made a promise to their children that day - that they, would work on behalf of children to help them survive, thrive and develop.

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REMARKS BY THE UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE
AT THE HEALTH EDUCATION BUREAU MEDIA SEMINAR

17TH December 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

It is with great pleasure that I speak to you today on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was just celebrated on November 20th  As you know the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a historic framework, endorsed by 194 countries around the world to affirm the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. And by children, the Convention means all human beings under the age of 18.

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REMARKS BY THE UNICEF DEPUTY REPRESENTATIVE
POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMME LAUNCH AS PART OF THE NATIONAL PROJECT TO EXPEDITE CHILD ABUSE CASES
November 20, 2014
Sri Lanka Foundation Institute


It is my pleasure to speak to you today at this important training programme to expedite the passage of cases of Child Abuse through the Criminal Justice System. Sri Lanka has for over six decades since independence, placed high priority on children such as the accomplishing the attainment of near universal access to health and education and addressing protection and other complex child rights.

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