The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations together with the Sri Lanka community in the Tri State area celebrated Sri Lanka’s 69th anniversary of Independence at the Forest Hill High School in Queens, New York. The event commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag and the singing of the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil followed by two minutes silence in remembrance of all who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Several Sri Lankan Travel Operators are participating in The New York Times Travel Show which is being held from 27th -29th January 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Hon. Arundhika Fernando, Deputy Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs of Sri Lanka and H.E. Dr.
A Panel Discussion entitled “Pathways to Sustainability: Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy”- chaired by Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai was held at the United Nations Headquarters on 12th January 2017.
Sri Lanka was among the four countries which won Awards for Excellence which celebrate recent national and regional human development reports that have excelled in crafting and promoting human solutions to development challenges. The human development reporting team of Sri Lanka was given the Award of Excellence for its 2014 National Human Development Report entitled “Youth and Development : Towards a More Inclusive Future”.
Sri Lanka and Andorra established formal diplomatic relations today (30/11). H.E. Dr. Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and his Andorra counterpart H.E. Mrs. Elisenda Vives Balmaña signed the Joint Communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, addressed the UN General Assembly at a special meeting convened to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, today (29 November 2016).
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York hosted a side event entitled Youth Boosting the Promotion and Implementation of the SDGs on 10th November 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters.
At an informal meeting of the plenary with the Secretary General designate, His Excellency António Guterres convened by the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Dr. Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative congratulated the PGA on the presidential text which was adopted by acclamation last week, appointing Mr. Antonio Guterres as the ninth Secretary General of the United Nations.
The UN General Assembly, on the recommendation of the UN Security Council, unanimously appointed Mr. Antonio Guterres of Portugal as the next Secretary General of the United Nations, today (13 October 2016). The Presidential text appointing the new UNSG was adopted by the Assembly by acclamation at 10.16 AM (NY time).