UN wants NGO-Lanka collaboration

Christof-Heyns-300x200The United Nations (UN) says a new report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will serve as a platform for strengthening collaboration between the Government and non-governmental actors.

The Sri Lanka National Human Development Report (NHDR) 2014 published by the UNDP was launched this morning at the Bandarnaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

Speaking at the event, Subinay Nandy, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, noted, “We at UNDP firmly believe that this report will serve as a platform for strengthening collaboration between the Government and non-governmental actors, and importantly youth themselves, towards revitalizing and prioritizing the implementation of key existing policies that benefit youth and the country at large. The Report also looks to inform the formulation of strategies and a national action plan to give effect to the Youth Policy 2014”. Commenting further Mr. Nandy, noted, “We hope that Sri Lankan youth will take ownership of the report, and realize their full potential as catalytic agents of change”.

The National Human Development Report, a major vehicle for policy development and implementation in Sri Lanka was launched as a collaborative effort of UNDP Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Expressing his thoughts during the launch, Chief Guest, Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, stated, “2014 has been the year for Sri Lankan youth; launch of the first National Youth Policy, hosting of the World Conference on Youth 2014 led to an outcome statement : Colombo Declaration on Youth being jointly agreed upon by the policy makers and youth delegates for the first time in the history, declaration of the National Skills Day, establishment of the first ever Commonwealth Youth Council Secretariat in Sri Lanka and now the launch of the NHDR on Youth”. Hon. Minister further noted, “Findings and recommendations of UNDP’s NHDR could be used as key policy tools as it provides a new platform for policy development and reforms in youth development which would serve as a strong advocacy tool for promoting youth empowerment and human development in Sri Lanka”.

Meanwhile UNDP’s third Sri Lanka NHDR “Youth and Development: Towards a More Inclusive Future” was launched on the 12th of August coinciding with the International Youth Day.

Sending a special message on the occasion of the launch of the Sri Lanka NHDR, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, noted, “Globally, the UN is committed to listening to young people, engaging them in our work and providing them platforms to realize their full potential”. In his written message Mr. Alhendawi also congratulated UNDP Sri Lanka for launching the Report on a special day where we celebrate youth, International Youth Day, and urged Sri Lankan youth to build on their desire to be part of the mainstream and be part of the solution.

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