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SRI LANKA

A push for Sustainable Development

A bold new global agenda to pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by all Member States of the United Nations in 2015. “The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.”
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

BEING President of SRI LANKA

“An ancient Pali blessing that adorns the preamble to the Constitution of Sri Lanka:
May the rains fall in due season (Environment)
May the harvest be bountiful (Economic)
May the world prosper
May the ruler be righteous (Good Governance)
This indicates that many centuries ago, our ancestors possessed the wisdom and awareness of the Sustainable Development Triangle”
Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka

20,811,000 Human Beings live in Sri Lanka
Meet a few of them

An elderly Sri Lankan woman reflects on her dark past and how gardening has help lift her from the troubles.

“I’VE BEEN A BOOKKEEPER AT THIS SAME HOTEL FOR THE LAST 34 YEARS” – MUNGWEERA

8,423,994 people are formally employed in Sri Lanka, and 5,548,131 of those are male (Sri Lanka Labour Force annual report, Ministry of Policy Planning Economic Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka, 2014).

“LALA NEEDS A DRINK, YOU KNOW” – MAHA

Poverty drives the exploitation of monkeys in the hopes of earning small change in street performances. While animal rights groups have been championing for the end of the tradition, Sri Lanka Governor states health issues as one of the main concerns.
85% of alcohol consumed in Sri Lanka is spirits, only 13% is beer, 1% is wine and 2% other. (World Health Organization, Sri Lanka alcohol consumption: Levels and patterns, 2014)

“I’m off duty”

In Sri Lanka, the most common reported crimes (almost twice more than any other type of crime) are residential break-ins and theft. (Sri Lanka Police, Crime and Safety Report, 2015)