His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena is congratulated by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs and other Ministers moments after he delivered the National Address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September 2016. This was the second time His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena addressed the United Nations in his capacity as President of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka co-hosted a Pledging Conference to Refinance the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).held on 21st September 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the 71st sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Sri Lanka together with Kenya, Mexico, The Netherlands, Somalia, Sweden, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom co- hosted the event.
Sri Lanka pavilion at the ‘Artisan Resource at NY NOW 2016’ trade fair was declared open by Dr.
Sri Lanka and Monaco established formal diplomatic relations today (26/7). H.E. Dr. Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and his Monaco counterpart H.E. Mrs. Isabelle Picco 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.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, together with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Sri Lanka and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) hosted a side event entitled Planning for an Inclusive Transformation; A dialogue towards building scenarios for visions and pathways on the sidelines of the 2016 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.
The Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, delivered two statements at the General Debate of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2016 and the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC, on 18th July 2016.
The World Youth Skills Day was celebrated for the second consecutive time on 15th July 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters. The event was organized by the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy for Youth, ILO and UNESCO. Resolution A/C.3/69/L.13/Rev.1, promoted by Sri Lanka was adopted in November 2014, declaring 15 of July as a day dedicated to the development of youth skills.
A business networking session to promote “Ceylon Tea”, hosted by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C and Sri Lanka Tea Board was held at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York on 26th June, 2016. The promotional event was held in conjunction with the New York “Summer Fancy Food” Exhibition held at Jacob Joint Center from 26th – 29th June 2016. At the promotional event Minister of Plantation Industries, Hon.
On 15th June 2016, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations co-sponsored a side event organized by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), entitled ‘How Regional Collaboration can lead to more effective implementation of political rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Development Agenda’ during the 9th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.