Norway partners UNDP Sri Lanka to support peace, justice & strong institutions

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Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives  Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther (right) shakes hands with UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen after signing the agreement  

The Norwegian Government has entered into a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka to extend support to UNDP Sri Lanka’s flagship portfolio on the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions project from December 2018 to December 2020.

The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, and UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen signed the partnership agreement amounting to NOK 12.6 million ($ 1.5 million).

Under the partnership, the UNDP aims to strengthen select policymaking and oversight structures to perform core functions for improved accountability and inclusivity, provide marginalised and vulnerable communities with increased and equitable access to justice, including demand-driven legal protection and gender sensitive services. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of national and sub-national level institutions to deliver equitable, accountable and effective services.

Through the implementation of this project, the UNDP expects that by 2022 people in Sri Lanka, especially the marginalised and vulnerable, will benefit from more rights-based, accountable, inclusive and effective public institutions, to enhance trust amongst communities and towards the State.

Commenting on the project, Norwegian Ambassador Gausta-dsæther said: “Norway is pleased to support UNDP’s Flagship Portfolio on the SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions project, particularly because the United Nations is globally accepted to promote human rights and Sustainable Development Goals.”

He added that effective public institutions were crucial to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and to provide access to justice for all. 

“At present when Sri Lanka is going through difficult times, some of the positive developments that we see in the country are due to the work done in the past to strengthen institutions. Therefore, as development partners, it is crucial that we continue to support the work that the UN does to promote peace, justice and strong institutions.”

UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen stated: “The Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda is a call to action, and requires us all coming together to work towards a common goal of sustainable development. As such, the UNDP is pleased to be extending our collaboration with the Government of Norway - a longstanding partner of UNDP - to ensure a sustainable Sri Lanka.”