Stories written by Ranjit Perera

Sri Lanka’s Development Goals Fall Short on Gender Equality

When Rosy Senanayake, Sri Lanka’s minister of state for child affairs, addressed the U.N. Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York last month, she articulated both the successes and shortcomings of gender equality in a country which prided itself electing the world’s first female head of government: Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike in July 1960.

Major Online Database of Treaty Body Case Law

The UN Human Rights Office in Geneva Wednesday launched a major public online database,, that contains all case laws issued by UN human rights expert committees and Treaty Bodies, according to a statement released here.

Conservation of Nature Lags Far Behind

A new study has found that world’s governments are failing to provide adequate coverage for nature. In 2010, the world’s governments committed to conserving 17% of land and 10% of sea by 2020, particularly those places of particular importance for nature. With five years to go to achieve this target, new research by 40 authors from 26 institutions led by BirdLife International, shows that the current Protected Areas system is still failing to cover all key sites, species and ecosystems.


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