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July
2017

Least developed countries face challenges in financing sustainable development agenda

Lack of funding is among the biggest challenges for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs) in their implementation of sustainable development targets, according to a United Nations report released today.

"While we continue to see mixed progress for this group of countries, there is tremendous potential to close the gaps and achieve momentum toward their investment needs,” said Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, the newly-appointed High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, in a press release. Under-Secretary-General ‘Utoikamanu urged these
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17
July
2017

Eleven of the world's leading banks to work with United Nations to promote climate transparency

Representing over $ 7 trillion, the banks include ANZ, Barclays, Bradesco, Citi, Itaú, National Australia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Santander, Standard Chartered, TD Bank Group and UBS

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12
July
2017

Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned

Central Environment Authority (CEA) has banned the use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam boxes and shopping bags, with effect from 1st of September. In a bid to make Sri Lanka polythene-free and find a sustainable solution to solid waste management, President Maithripala Sirisena has announced a number of measures including the ban on the import, manufacture and sale of lunch sheets and a ban on the use of polythene for decorations.

 
02
July
2017

Extremism against Mother Nature

Extremism has become a bigger social concern in this century than ever. People have forgotten the very basic rule of mother nature is to encourage variety thus, making the Earth a rich platform for living beings.

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15
July
2017

WORLD INNOVATION SUMMIT FOR HEALTH RELEASES REPORT ON DEMENTIA

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has published a report highlighting the need for relevant agencies to work collaboratively when building a national policy that supports people with dementia and their families, and ensures the delivery of effective services.


The report also highlights the benefit of collaborative efforts in the areas of research and innovation, and elaborates on the various challenges and mechanisms of success for developing a dementia plan, as well as ways of strengthening the research infrastructure and identifying national priorities.

 

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02
July
2017

Environmentalists urge Govt. to stop Pundaluoya Hydro Power Project

Mini Hydro Power Stations proposed to be constructed based on water fed regions of Kothmale Divisional Secretariat have exposed the entire Kothmale valley to a serious environmental crisis. A number of Hydro power Projects based on Pundalu Oya, Puna Oya and  Ramboda Oya have already begun.

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June
2017

Africa Needs to Work Closer together on Climate Action and Sustainable Development

African countries must work closer together when implementing national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and mobilizing climate finance, whilst better integrating climate action into sustainable development planning. This was the key conclusion of ministers and key delegates who convened for the Africa Carbon Forum which ended today in Cotonou, Benin.

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Local News

July 12, 2017 - Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned
Central Environment Authority (CEA) has banned the use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam boxes and shopping bags, with effect from 1st of September. In a bid to make Sri Lanka polythene-free and find a sustainable solution to solid waste management, President Maithripala Sirisena has announced a n...more
June 26, 2017 - Statement issued by UNIC Colombo on Newly appointed UN Youth Envoy
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth. She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in addressing the needs and rights of young people, bringin...more
June 05, 2017 - President’s World Environment Day message
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