Improving Human Security by Rebuilding Communities in North East Sri Lanka

February 9, 2005

  1. On February 9, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 1,241,900 dollar assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Improving Human Security by Rebuilding Communities" to be implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in North East Sri Lanka.

  2. The project aims to improve small-scale infrastructure damaged by the civil war at the urban poor community level (i.e. water supply, sanitation, drainage, footpath, street lighting) through the method of community participation in the selection, planning and implementation of the infrastructure work.

  3. The project is expected to focus not only on physical rehabilitation but on the restoration of the sense of solidarity in the communities. The project is expected to improve the living conditions of 40,000 urban poor people.

The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted many projects of UN agencies, funds and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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