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...

Asia-Pacific moves towards global development goals

By Shamshad Akhtar   With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have...

Sri Lanka vs India vs China

Dealing with China on security and economic issues is crucial for India but even if “we are no pushover, we cannot get provocative,” asserted...

ESCAP, ASEAN: Working together for the region

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has shown to be an exemplary role model for regional cooperation guiding the 10-country...

Impact of caste in contemporary Sri Lanka

By Basil Fernando It is a basic tenet of social sciences that a person’s environment has a profound impact on every aspect of their social...

Parliament polarised on Constitutional reforms

Sri Lanka was ushered to Independence under the Soulbury Constitution in 1948, followed by the Constitution of 1972, making the current Constitution, the second...

Cooperation to mitigate weather extremes

by Dr.Shamshad Akhtar This month’s floods in Thailand are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand’s flood season usually ends...