Dec 10, 2018 (LBO) – Norwegian government has entered into a partnership agreement with the UNDP Sri Lanka to extend support to UNDP Sri Lanka’s flagship portfolio on SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions project for the period December 2018 to December 2020.
The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen signed the partnership agreement amounting to NOK 12.6 million (USD 1.5 million).
Under the partnership, UNDP aims to strengthen select policymaking and oversight structures to perform core functions for improved accountability and inclusivity, provide marginalized and vulnerable communities 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, UNDP expects by 2022, people in Sri Lanka, especially the marginalized and vulnerable, benefit from more rights-based, accountable, inclusive and effective public institutions, to enhance trust amongst communities and towards the State.
“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,” commenting on the project, Norwegian Ambassador Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther said.
“Therefore, as development partners, it is crucial that we continue to support the work that UN does to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions.”
He further stated that effective public institutions are crucial to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and to provide access to justice for all.