UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has underlined the critical importance of addressing accountability in Sri Lanka through a genuine and comprehensive national process achieving national reconciliation.The Inner City Press website quoted the UN Chief as saying that he had recognized through a recent meeting he had with a delegation which had visited Sri Lanka, the important steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka since the end of the conflict. During his meeting with the delegation Ban said he had strongly underlined the need to address the remaining challenges particularly on issues relating to reconciliation and accountability.“I highlighted the importance for the Government of Sri Lanka to work constructively with the international community towards that end,” he said. Recently Ban Ki-moon met the Japanese ambassador to the UN who led an accountability assessment mission to Sri Lanka, and received a report on Sri Lanka. The report was handed over to the UN Chief by Japan and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona as well as Permanent Representatives from Bangladesh, Romania and Nigeria.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The charity Pets as Therapy often visits us during exam periods so that students can pet the dogs, with the most recent session seeing hundreds of people queueing out the door- so we know this initiative is going to be hugely popular.“We also hope to reduce some of the stigma which still surrounds mental health and raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity for mental wellbeing.”Other welfare initiatives offered by the university include wellbeing advice sessions, resilience and wellbeing workshops, talking therapies, an exercise referral scheme and a student-designed wellbeing app. A university has funded dog walking for students in order to prevent stress during the exam season.The University of East Anglia, in Norwich, received around £12,000 of funding to help improve student well-being through physical activity. Part of this money is going towards pet therapy.Students will be able to go on walks with dogs to Cromer beach and Thetford Forest. The dogs will be lent to the university by academics and members of the public. The university is also in contact with a local dog day care to see if they can lend their animals to the cause.The initiative is funded by the taxpayer through Sport England, which receives money from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, as well as being partially-funded by the National Lottery.Research by UEA academic Professor Andy Jones from the Norwich Medical School suggests that the benefits of dog walking are significant, he said: “Our studies have shown that dog walking helps people to maintain their physical activity levels. In addition it is known that there are a wide range of social and mental health benefits.”Phil Steele, Director of Sport and Commercial Services, added: “Many students live away from their family homes and pets, so having contact with animals can be stress-relieving for them.