Ambassador Perera participated in the "Power of One" award ceremony held today (11 Dec) and delivered a few remarks as one of the co-sponsors of the event. In his speech, Ambassador Perera highlighted that Deepavali is a "unique celebration of the values of peace, understanding, compassion and togetherness," and congratulated the honourees for being purveyors of this message.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) held its annual pledging conference today (07 December 2018) at the UNHQ, New York.
Ambassador Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations noted that since the inception of CERF, Sri Lanka had contributed a sum of USD 90,000 and this year had increased its commitment by a sum of USD 5,000 from last year.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York hosted an event on the occasion of Deepavali on Friday, 9th November 2018, at the Mission premises. The event saw the attendance of Sri Lankan community members in the Tri-State area, both of Hindu faith and others, as well as representatives from other Permanent Missions including the Permanent Representatives and Deputy Permanent Representatives of India, Singapore, and Malaysia, among others.
Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, said that there was no justification for the Travel Advisories issued by a few countries, since there have been no incidents of violence or disruption in the country following the recent events. The Tourism sector has not been subject to any inconvenience.