Addressing the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 October 2019, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reaffirmed Sri Lanka's commitment to the founding principles of the Non-Aligned Movement and called for the group's collective attention to the need to address contemporary global challenges, highlighting in particular, poverty and terrorism.
A reception on the occasion of Deepavali was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations on Sunday, 27th October 2019, at the Mission premises. The event was attended by members of the Sri Lankan community from the Tri-State area.
Leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the 18th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
Asserting that despite many domestic priorities Sri Lanka has discharged its obligations in paying its assessments to date, the Sri Lanka delegation to the UNGA this week called on the United Nations Secretariat to utilize the available resources received from the Member States in a more effective, impartial and transparent manner, at a time when the Organization is battling its worst financial crisis leading to the implantation of austerity measures and limited operations.
It is with profound sorrow that this Mission learned of the passing of Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa Maha Thero, Chief Incumbent of the New York Buddhist Vihara.
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has assured the UN High Representative on Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu Sri Lanka’s practical support in New York, Geneva and Vienna in furthering the global Disarmament Agenda.
The First Meeting of the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihood Action Group (MELAG) Under the Commonwealth Blue Charter, was held from 7 to 9 October 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka.