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Implementing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a Participatory Manner (LK0038)



Action Plan: Sri Lanka Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry in charge of Child Affairs

Support Institution(s): Department of Probation & Childcare Services, District Secretariats, Divisional Secretariats, Ministry in charge of Education, Ministry in charge of Health, National Child Protection Authority, Children’s Secretariat Save the Children, Foundation for Innovative and Sustainable Development (FISD), UNICEF, Leads, FRIDSRO, SOS, World Vision, Plan Sri Lanka, Child Fund, Sarvodaya, Emerge Lanka

Policy Areas

Legislation & Regulation, Marginalized Communities

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Promote the creation of a child friendly environment by implementing the 2018 Concluding Observations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a participatory manner
1st March 2019 – 31st August 2021
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry in charge of Child Affairs
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Sri Lanka is bound by international obligations to safeguard the rights of Sri Lankan children having ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991. In this regard, the Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors the progress made on these obligations by reviewing the information submitted by each State Party and makes recommendations or “Concluding Observations” to help States improve the situation of children.

The latest Concluding Observations on Sri Lanka made in 2018 have identified the main factors leading to violations of child rights and make recommendations on how they could be prevented. Sri Lanka is required to submit its next periodic report by 2023 and to include therein information on the follow-up to the present Concluding Observations. Recommendations have been made to address a number of issues including low level of societal awareness on child rights; gender-based violence; children deprived of a family environment; effects of climate change on child rights; internally displaced children; trafficking in children etc. It is important to note, however, that the skills and knowledge of parties with responsibility to implement these recommendations are at a low level.
What is the commitment? By implementing the relevant recommendations of the UNCRC Concluding Observations, the Ministry in charge of child affairs, together with other agencies, aims to strengthen its efforts to build a country in which the rights of children are protected. In this regard, the Ministry recognizes the need to create a knowledgeable society that is aware of child rights and the importance of safeguarding them; consider legislative changes in the light of cultural changes; and enable social recognition for activists appearing for child rights.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? This commitment will increase the awareness on the importance of safeguarding child rights. It will promote behaviour and practices to hear the opinion of children when taking decisions concerning them; empower the society to report on incidences of child exploitation; and effectively address factors that contribute to violence against children.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? This commitment enhances public participation, transparency and accountability through social mobilization to identify instances of child rights violations and initiatives to protect child rights.
Additional information The responsibilities to protect the rights of children facilitated through this commitment will help promote societal values.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date:
1. New laws and policies (eg: Alternative care policy) will be introduced and implemented. March 2019 March 2020
2. Child Rights Protection Committees at rural, divisional, district, provincial and national levels will be strengthened. March 2019 March 2020
3. Societal awareness on the importance of child rights protection will be enhanced. March 2019 September 2020
4. Take action based on the study made on the reintegration of institutionalized children into society. March 2019 March 2021


  1. Integrity Officers to Decrease Bribery and Corruption

    LK0024, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Asset Declaration System

    LK0025, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  3. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, Access to Information

  4. Citizen Participation in Health

    LK0027, 2019, E-Government

  5. Campaign Against Youth Drug Use

    LK0028, 2019, Education

  6. Open Data

    LK0029, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Agriculture Support Policy

    LK0030, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Participation for Persons with Disabilities

    LK0031, 2019, Land Rights & Spatial Planning

  9. Disability Rights Bill

    LK0032, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Disaster Management Planning

    LK0033, 2019, Capacity Building

  11. National Environmental Policy

    LK0034, 2019, Environment and Climate

  12. CEDAW Implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  13. Local Service Delivery

    LK0036, 2019, E-Government

  14. Feedback on Public Bus

    LK0037, 2019, E-Government

  15. Implementing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a Participatory Manner

    LK0038, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  16. Improving Public Access to Preventive and Curative Strategies to Combat Chronic Kidney Disease

    LK0001, 2016, Health

  17. Transparent Policy to Provide Safe and Affordable Medicines for All

    LK0002, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. National Health Performance

    LK0003, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Ensuring Transparency and Impartiality in Teacher Recruitment Policy and Process in Sri Lanka

    LK0004, 2016, Access to Information

  20. Enhance the Services of Government Information Center (GIC- 1919) for Inclusive, Transparent, Accountable and Efficient Governance, Using ICT As Enabler

    LK0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promote the Open Data Concept and Delivering the Benefits to Citizens Through ICT

    LK0006, 2016, Access to Information

  22. National Environmental Act (NEA) Amendments

    LK0007, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  23. Coast Conservation

    LK0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Flora and Fauna Protection

    LK0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Transparent and Accountable Procurement System for Local Authorities in Sri Lanka

    LK0010, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  26. Local Authority Procurement System Implementation

    LK0011, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  27. Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to Include a Transparent and Accountable Process to Implement Selected Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations.

    LK0012, 2016, Gender

  28. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

    LK0013, 2016, Gender

  29. CEDAW – Inclusion

    LK0014, 2016, Gender

  30. Strengthening Women Participation in the Political Decision Making Process at the Local Level

    LK0015, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  31. Strengthen the Anti-Corruption Framework to Increase Constructive Public Participation

    LK0016, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  32. Implement UNCAC

    LK0017, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  33. Coordination Among Anti-Corruption Agencies

    LK0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  34. Corruption and Money Laundering

    LK0019, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  35. Campaign Finance

    LK0020, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  36. Disseminate Asset Declaration

    LK0021, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  37. Starred commitment The Enactment and Implementation of the RTI Act

    LK0022, 2016, Access to Information

  38. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Access to Information

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