Written by Staff Writer
05 Oct, 2015 | 9:37 pm
The state function to mark World Habitat Day was held on Monday under the auspices of Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa.
The theme of this years World Habitat Day is Public Spaces for All.
The national ceremony to mark World Habitat Day saw the participation of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Deputy Minister Indika Bandaranaike and others.
Floral tributes were laid at the statue of former president the late Ranasinghe Premadasa which was unveiled on Monday.
Minister Sajith Premadasa declared open a photography exhibition titled The Sevana Study Foundation which includes information on housing and construction programmes and an art exhibition by children.
This was followed by multi-religious observances.
Housing deeds were also presented at the national ceremony to mark World Habitat Day, while awards were presented to children and young ones for their talents.
Marking World Habitat Day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that public spaces can provide basic services, enhance connectivity, spawn economic activity and raise property values, while generating municipal revenue.
He adds that this year’s observance follows the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sri Lanka places itself as one of the exemplary nations in the world with regard to habitat, as a result of the housing programmes initiated by late president Ransinghe Premadasa from 1978 to 1993.
Addressing the second United Nations International Shelter Conference in 1986, the late President Premadasa made a proposal on Habitat and it was accepted by UN and in 1987 was declared as World Habitat year.
Under the leadership of Late Ranasinghe Premadasa, for twelve years, one million houses were constructed for low-income earning persons in the country.
Settlements named Udagam were also established in line with this programme.
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