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CITYNET

CITYNET – (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organization of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region.

HELP-O got the membership of the CITYNET in 1996. With the support of CITYNET we could able to implement many programs and many of our staff trained from their programs. Not even that we able to implement very successful programs with the funding support of the CITYNET.

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights -ACHR

When ACHR was formed in 1988, there was no common or regular forum for urban social activities, NGOs, professionals and especially for grassroots or community groups working in Asian cities to meet and exchange ideas.  During the UN International Year for Shelter for the Homeless in 1987, several regional processes were organized which encouraged groups to share their experiences in addressing issues of urban poverty and housing and to discuss regional collaboration.  At that time there was a shared recognition that new ideas and actions were needed to tackle the upsurge of forced evictions in Asia and to develop opportunities for organizations of the poor to gain due recognition and a meaningful role in city management and planning.

With the support HELP-O implemented many programs one of main program is Housing program. With the support of them able to get a land for the homeless people who affected to Tsunami Disaster. Also we are implementing ACCA program with the support of ACHR for the grass root level community.

UNDP /SGP / GEF Program 

Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, SGP embodies the very essence of sustainable development. SGP channels financial and technical support directly to NGOs and CBOs for activities that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods.

SGP supports activities in support of the GEF priorities – biodiversity conservation, abatement of climate change, protection of international waters, and prevention of land degradation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants. Since its inception, SGP has confronted very real challenges in working with communities to reconcile global environmental priorities with local community needs – challenges that have been met in different ways across the globe depending on particular economic, cultural, political and environmental conditions. In the process, SGP became “the people’s GEF”.

With the support of GEF / SGP Program could able to implement very good programs in many districts. Through the support of them we implemented many model programs.

Sri Lanka Nature Forum – SLNF

SLNF Registered under the Social welfare act of the Sri Lank in 2007. Mostly SLNF works for provide the assistance for their members through the capacity building and mainly they coordinate the works for member’s organization. SLNF linked with the UNDP /SGP /GEF Program.

Act as a network in order to improve and enhance the knowledge and skills of the civil organizations that have managed the principles and procedures for a community participant environmental conservation for local and global environmental issues. The objectives of the SLNF are

  • Networked as a Forum for sharing technical knowledge and information among the member organizations.
  • Acting as a forerunner in the needs of environmental conservation.
  • Capacity building of the organizations linked to the network.

United Nations Development Program – UNDP

UNDP began operations in Sri Lanka in 1967. UNDP’s overarching goal is to support the country in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and the reduction of poverty. UNDP pursues this goal by working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka and supporting its agenda and objectives as captured within the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).UNDP Practice Areas

  • Poverty Reduction and the MDGs
  • Energy, Environment and Disaster Risk Management
  • Governancek
  • Peace and Recovery

In its over 40 years of work in the country, UNDP has provided support in the form of grants, expert advice and equipment to the country’s main development sectors such as economic planning and finance, trade and tourism, agriculture and rural development, health, education, as well as the legislature and the judiciary.

United State Agency for International Development – USAID

Since 1956, USAID programs have invested in Sri Lankans – working in health, business development, agriculture, and local governance. To date, these activities have totaled nearly $2 billion in assistance to Sri Lanka. USAID continues to support work toward a negotiated settlement to the conflict and good governance, economic development, humanitarian assistance, and tsunami reconstruction.
The celebration also included a seven minute companion documentary DVD and a series of newspaper advertisements run over a period of two months in English and vernacular publications that provided readers short vignettes about various USAID programs over the decades.

Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the American government provides bilateral assistance to Sri Lanka. In over 50 years of partnership with Sri Lanka, USAID has contributed more than $1.9 billion to the country’s development, working in the areas of economic growth, agricultural development, environment and natural resources, health, education, democracy and governance, transition initiatives and humanitarian assistance.

HELP-O could able to implement many Tsunami recovery programs with the support of USAID / USAID Revive / USAID OTI in many places of the down south and through this able to develop the affected people’s lives.

United Nation Economic & Social Commission for Asia & Pacific -UNESCAP

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions. It is also the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff.

Established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP seeks to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges. It carries out work in the following areas:

International Union of Conservation Nature – IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, Switzerland.

IUCN at a glance

  • Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization
  • Today the largest professional global conservation network
  • A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development
  • More than 1,000 member organizations in 140 countries including 200+ government and 800+ non-government organizations
  • Almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions
  • A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges
  • Thousands of field projects and activities around the world
  • Governance by a Council elected by member organizations every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Funded by governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, member organizations and corporations
  • Official Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Environment Program – UNEP

UNEP is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The mandate and objectives of UNEP emanate from:
• UN General Assembly resolution 2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972;
• Agenda 21, adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (the Earth Summit) in 1992;
• The Nairobi Declaration on the Role and Mandate of UNEP, adopted by the UNEP Governing Council in 1997;
• The Malmö Ministerial Declaration and the UN Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000;
• recommendations related to international environmental governance approved by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the 2005 World Summit.

The Mission of the UNEP is, to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Central Environment Authority – CEA

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) was established in 12th August 1981 under the provision of the National Environmental Act No:47 of 1980. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (ME&NR) which was established in December 2001 has the overall responsibility in the affairs of the CEA with the objective of integrating environmental considerations in the development process of the country. The CEA was given wider regulatory powers under the National Environment (Amendment) Acts No: 56 of 1988 and No: 53 of 2000.

Vision of CEA is a “clean and green environment through service excellence”. The mission of CEA is Flagship of the nation steering towards protecting & managing the quality of the environment by promoting public participation, enforcement, advanced technological interventions & environmental education

National Cleaner Production Centre – NCPC

An Introduction to the Concept of Cleaner Production Industry has been and continues to be a major source of environmental problems, both locally and globally. Industry accounts for approximately one third of the green house gas emissions and a large percentage of the hazardous waste generation.

With the convening, in 1992, of UNCED and the adoption of Agenda 21 and related Conventions, the world community adopted a comprehensive international policy statement on the need to attain sustainable patterns of development. Agenda 21 has profound implications for industrial policy and industrialization patterns in developing countries and poses two critical challenges.

  • To ensure conservation of environmental resources in the most cost efficient manner
  • To enable industry in developing countries to respond to trends which May emerge from international environmental norms and Standards.

The Main Objectives of NCPC

  • Creating awareness and taking down the message of Cleaner Production to as many industries as possible.
  • Providing professional consultancy/advisory services to industries.
  • Training of Industrial personnel in launching and conducting cleaner production Assessments in industries and training of universities to include CP into university curricula.
  • Keeping an up to date information base on CP and providing relevant and appropriate information.
  • Assistance in promoting access to financing for CP investment projects.
  • Providing appropriate inputs and interventions to the policy formulators and enabling then to effectively introduce CP in industrial and environmental policies (including training of government officials)

Food & Agriculture Organization – FAO

Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), was established in October 1945 under the specialized agency of the United Nation and the objective of eliminating hunger and improving nutrition and standards of living in increasing agriculture productivity. The FAO coordinates the efforts of governments and developing agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and land and water resources. The Organization, which has more than 180 members, is governed by the biennial FAO conference, in which each member country, as well as the European Union, is represented.

Since its inception, FAO which has 188 member states and the European community has fought world hunger and poverty by promoting agricultural development, nutritional and food security. The organization provides direct support for development; it gathers analyses and disseminates information. FAO programs for sustainable agriculture and rural development emphasized strategies that were economically feasible, environmentally sound and technologically appropriate to the skill level of the host country.