Major General W.B.D.P. Fernando, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army speaking at the first ever United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter Terrorism Agencies of Member States at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today (29 June 2018) noted that as a country that had experienced first-hand the suffering of its people due to terrorism, Sri Lanka understands that a key pillar of counter-terrorism is prevention and addressing the root causes of conflict.
Ambassador Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in a statement delivered at the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy Plenary Meeting at the UN General Assembly on 26 June 2018, said that as a country that once suffered under the yoke of terrorism for nearly thirty years and successfully eradicated the scourge from its shores in 2009, Sri Lanka is acutely aware of the need for sharing information technology, databases, and intelligence in combating terrorism.
Mr. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development was in New York last week, invited by the United Nations to serve as a briefer at the first ever United Nations Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on the subject of ‘Maritime Crime as a Threat to International Peace and Security’.
H.E. Dr. Rohan Perera, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, in his capacity as the Vice-President of the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, co-chaired a roundtable on the topic of women and girls with disabilities on 13 June 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, together with Ms.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations actively participated at the annual UN International Bazaar held on 18th June 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters. The UN premises was a hive of activity as the New York community gathered to experience the cuisine and craft products of different cultures.
Sri Lanka participated in the World Environment Day 2018, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in association with the global co-host for this year, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on 5 June 2018.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York conducted traditional Ifthar (Breaking Ramadan Fast) on Friday, June 1st with the participation of a large number of Sri Lankan Muslim expatriates living in the Tri-State area. The programme was held at the Mission premises.
Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) speaking during the annual commemoration of Vesak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York yesterday (01 May 2018), noted that, although born a prince, Buddha rose above self-interest and went into the world to help overcome human suffering. “His teachings are based on the principle that compassion is central to enlightenment, and as such, his message of service to others is more relevant than ever,” the Secretary-General said.