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The Situation in Sri Lanka

History of UNICEF in Sri Lanka

Fast Facts

State of the World's Children


2000 and beyond


*Sri Lankan government ratifies the Optional Protocol to the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict on 6th September.


*The Government of Sri Lanka ratifies Optional Protocol on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.


*The Action Plan for Children Affected by War is signed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE in August. The Action plan was the only signed human rights agreement to emerge before peace talks were suspended that same year. UNICEF is mandated as part of the Plan to collect data on child recruitment and works with partners to use this as an advocacy tool. The Sri Lankan model was shared with the UN Security Council as an example of how a global monitoring mechanism on underage recruitment could be developed. [Link to Action Plan for Children Affected by War]


*Government of Sri Lanka launches a National Plan of Action for the children of Sri Lanka, a programme supported by UNICEF which fosters a child-friendly environment where children can realize their full potential, grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. [Link to National Plan of Action]

*Reacting immediately to the devastating effects of the December tsunami, UNICEF launches relief programmes to bring emergency medicine and medical equipment, establish clean water and sanitation, and provide protection to vulnerable children and their families.


*Getting 200,000 children back to school within four weeks of the tsunami, UNICEF launches a three-year recovery plan in Sri Lanka’s 10 most-affected districts, including the construction of 36 health centres and hospitals, rehabilitation and improvement of water supply and sanitation facilities, the construction of 26 ‘child friendly’ schools and 77 social care centres for children. UNICEF’s Tsunami Response



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