Written by Staff Writer
24 Oct, 2015 | 8:58 pm
The year 2015 marks an important milestone in Sri Lanka’s relationship with the United Nations.
Celebrations took place in Colombo on Saturday morning, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to mark to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s entry into the U.N. system.
The celebrations were held today under the tagline, Our UN – Apey UN – Engal UN, amidst the participation of many dignitaries.
Since its independence in 1948, Sri Lanka has contributed to the U.N. system in multiple ways including its norm setting process.
Sri Lanka has produced important U.N. professionals, including three Under-Secretary Generals – Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala , Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy and Professor Mohan Munasinghe; and a Vice President of the International Court of Justice, Justice C.G.Weeramantry.
Sri Lankan Heads of State and the aforementioned persons and other high level officials have played a vital role in international development by influencing global policy and thought-leadership in diverse areas, ranging from the law of the sea to disarmament, children in armed conflict, and climate change.
Today’s visit to the UN Compound was incidentally President’s first ever visit there. The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenca delivered the UN Secretary General’s message.
Thousands of Sri Lankan citizens have contributed, and continue to provide their noble services, to U.N. peacekeeping efforts around the world.
Fallen Sri Lankan UN Peacekeepers were remembered at this event, which also saw the participation of the Prime Minister, Speaker and other key political figures.
A first day cover and a stamp was also launched to mark the twin celebrations.
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