Towards safe, orderly and regular migration

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar In 2017, Asia and the Pacific will be home to 62 million international migrants.  That’s a population larger than the Republic...

The need to support conflict prevention

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Over the past three decades, regional cooperation and integration (RECI) has benefited Asia and the Pacific, powering trade, economic growth and stability....

Development begins with reconciliation

By Prasad Kariyawasam - Foreign Secretary (Speech made at the UN Peacebuilding Commission) I am not sure how many of you have visited my country. Of course...

No hidden agenda in China-Lanka cooperation

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka   Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with...

My vision for a pollution-free planet

By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was considered...
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Breaking down the Interim Report

October 30 marked the beginning of a Parliamentary debate around the recently released draft interim report on constitutional reform by the Steering Committee in the Constitutional...

Returning to my roots in Sri Lanka

By Mohamed Hussain Shareef  - Ambassador of Maldives to Sri Lanka Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno...

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first...

Older persons key players in development agenda

By Shamshad Akhtar As the proportion of the older persons across the Asia-Pacific region increases exponentially, we must seek out new and innovative approaches to...

Sustainable living alongside natural risks

By Shamshad Akhtar The past few weeks have been a grim reminder that naturaldisasters know no borders. They canstrike countries at opposite ends of the...

Renewable Energy – Let’s Do It Right

By Bradnee Chambers The development and deployment of new technologies to deliver the world’s energy needs from renewable sources are essential if we are to...

‘Political stability’, the emerging polls cause?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Half-way through the five-year term of the incumbent Government that commenced its journey in January 2015, it is becoming increasing clear...

Youth building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope

By Una McCauley – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative   In September of last year, I had the privilege of attending an event in...

50 years on: LGB&T equality brings success

By James Dauris - British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka On 27th July the United Kingdom will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation...

Sri Lanka needs to ‘re-invent’ governance

By Hilmy Cader Since independence Sri Lankans have frequently and hopefully changed political parties, from blue to green, from green to blue, occasionally a blurred...

Saving the world, one whale shark at a time

By Francoise Jacob A couple of months ago, while underwater just a few miles off the coast of Colombo, I had a chance encounter with...

Building on seventy years of success

By Shamshad Akhtar The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marks its 70th anniversary this year. This is a...

Modi’s views on caste hierarchy a malignant cancer

The abominable 30 year barbaric war ended up by massacring thousands of innocent human beings, devastating billions from government coffers and extorting hard earned...

Effective governance key to economic growth

By Shamshad Akhtar The Asia-Pacific region’s high and steady economic growth has been an anchor of stability for the struggling world economy in recent years....

The political garbage that is

By Hilmy Ahamed The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every...
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