Sri Lanka is an island state with a population of approximately 22 million. It has a diverse population and witnessed an extensive civil war between the Sinha and Tamil communities which only ended in 2009. At the same time, Sri Lanka is one of only two South Asian nations to be rated ‘high’ in the UN’s Human Development Index 2015 and its rating is the highest of South Asian nations.
The Government of Sri Lanka has taken a number of steps towards implementing the 2030 Agenda in the country, these include: a cabinet ministry on sustainable development; enacting the Sustainable Development Act in the Parliament; establishing a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the appointment of a Presidential Expert Committee on drafting a Vision for 2030.
To gather broader views ahead of the 2018 Voluntary National Review, an extensive process of dialogue was organised by the Sri Lanka Stakeholder SDG Platform, coordinated by the Centre for Environment and Development and the Centre for Environmental Justice. It included a broad multi-stakeholder approach with contributions from over 500 experts, activists and researchers and representatives from more than 100 organisations from government, local authorities, civil society, academia and business representatives. This led to the Voluntary People’s Review which is available on this page.
What can be done to leave no one behind?
So far the delivery of the 2030 Agenda has been limited and there is a growing demand for key steps forward to establish a clearer process for delivery; better policy coherence; and appropriate financing. Furthermore the Government of Sri Lanka is yet to agree upon a national SDG roadmap; establish the baseline indicators and streamline the supporting data towards enabling a systematic assessment and reporting on the progress made on transforming the nation towards sustainable development by the year 2030.