The Government of Sri Lanka had informed the UNICEF that within the agenda of the Government of Sri Lanka priority has been given to children.
The Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga made this statement at the launching of the 2012 Children’s Report of the UNICEF in Colombo yesterday.
The Senior Minister for International Financial Cooperation Dr. Sarath Amunugama too took part at this occasion.
The annual report of the UNICEF has drawn special attention towards the people living in urban areas in a world which is rapidly being urbanised.
According to this annual report, 07 out of every 10 people in the world population will live in cities by year 2050.
Accordingly, the annual report of the UNICEF has drawn its attention towards safeguarding the rights of children living in cities and its surrounding areas.
The UNICEF report pointed out that half of the current population of children live in urban areas.
It further pointed out that 1/3rd of the urban population live in shanty environments.
According to the report, by year 2020 1.4 billion of the world population will live in unsystematic houses and shanties.
Accordingly, the annual report of the UNICEF has also presented several main recommendations.
These recommendations include identifying the poverty which had affected the children living in urban areas and their nature of moving away from the society and identifying and removing the obstacles which exist in integrating children into the society.
Another vital recommendation is to combine the resources and strengths of individuals and institutes which work dedicatedly towards assisting children who are cornered and largely affected by poverty to enjoy all their rights.