UNDP assistance for SL enhanced for food, livelihood security, renewable energy projects

Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Azusa Kubota called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at Temple trees on March 23.

She exchanged her views with the Prime Minister on collaboration under the implementation of its new Country Programme Document (CPD) 2023-2027 with three priority areas: social inclusion and macroeconomic stability; Green Development and Inclusive governance and justice, peace and social cohesion.

She said that the UNDP, with the support from the Government of Japan, would commence two projects in Sri Lanka on Enhanced food and Livelihood Security and Green Technologies and Renewable Energy.

The Prime Minister expressed his thankfulness for the assistance by the UNDP in community development programmes in Sri Lanka. He told the UNDP Resident Representative collaboration in the Thunkama community water project in Embilipitiya was of extreme use to villagers in the area as it provides the villagers with drinking water and water for agricultural.

The Prime Minister pointed out that 26,000 houses in different parts of the island have been damaged due to landslides over the years. Around 3,000 houses have already been renovated by the Disaster Management Ministry but the rest of 23,000 households need shelter. He requested Azusa Kubota to consider UNDP assistance in developing projects to rehabilitate the soil in landslide-hit areas of the country and also assist the housing programmes.

Prime Minister Gunawardena urged the UNDP to increase assistance to development of small and medium enterprises of rural community based organizations.

Resident Representative Kubota said that she would explore the possibility of assisting Sri Lanka in the project under the Green Cultural Fund, which is intended to carry out two large scale projects in Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake and UNDP Team Leader Policy and Engagement Fadhil Bakeer Marker were present. 

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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