The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

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Key partners

European Union

Government of Sri Lanka

Korea International Cooperation Agency

United Nations Sri Lanka

World Bank

UNOPS operations in Sri Lanka focus on social and economic development projects that build in-country national capacity.

From Colombo, UNOPS supports infrastructure needs at innovation, policy and implementation levels, through involvement in disaster risk reduction and management for sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

We aim to address vital climate change and environmental issues such as water resource management and solid waste management. Teams further assist with strengthening operational and technical capacities of actors at national and sub-national levels towards meeting their commitments vis-à-vis the 2030 Agenda.

Our work across the region focuses on high-quality sustainable infrastructure and procurement services, while delivering projects in a timely manner by using the most relevant technologies. These projects, implemented in cooperation with national governments, donors and UN organizations, provide social and economic benefits to vulnerable populations across South Asia and contribute to poverty eradication.

Key Information

  • UNOPS impact in Sri Lanka

    • Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems developed in two districts in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, facilitating better waste management services to more than 650,000 people in the country.
    • Supporting local economic development through the construction of 2 harbours, 6 anchorages and 15 landing sites across Sri Lanka.
    • Supported local governments with designing and constructing urban drainage management facilities to mitigate environmental and disaster damage.
    • Over 40 km of urban drainage networks have been improved or built by UNOPS to mitigate flooding in some of the most vulnerable urban areas.
    • Built approximately 450 km of roads and 11 bridges to improve connectivity and increase market access in the northern and eastern provinces.

  • 24.53%
    Annual freshwater withdrawals
    Annual freshwater withdrawals, total (% of internal resources)

    Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for agriculture and industry are total withdrawals for irrigation and livestock production and for direct industrial use (including withdrawals for cooling thermoelectric plants). Withdrawals for domestic uses include drinking water, municipal use or supply, and use for public services, commercial establishments, and homes. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002.

    Source: (2014)

  • Flag LK Contact Details

    UNOPS Sri Lanka

    138/2, Kynsey Road

    Colombo 07

    Sri Lanka

    Tel: +94 11 2665141

    Fax: +94 11 2665142


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