Written by Lahiru Fernando
25 May, 2016 | 8:07 am
The Capital Maharaja Organization Limited (TCMOL) made an official statement at a special session on May 24 on day two of the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The company was the only Sri Lanka private sector organization represented at the summit.
The session was officiated by United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Response and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien and Former New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark.
“We are trying to find a way to be a trademark in the future and how we should always operate and it’s certainly a response to the call of the private sector for this joint up approach of private sector engagement, at all levels and all stages of crisis,” said O’Brien.
Helen Clark, UNDP administrator and former premier of New Zealend, said that “it is very clear that the private sector wants to play a more active role at times of crisis as partners to Governments and to U.N. systems.” Furthermore, she noted that the contribution a business can bring at times of crisis is “incredible.”
The only private sector organization representing Sri Lanka at the summit was TCMOL. The organization’s Group Director Chevaan Daniel delivered a special statement at the summit.
Among those who addressed the forum were several government representatives from around the world, including Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainamarama, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo and other prominent business representatives.
Around 6,000 participants from 150 U.N. member states are taking part in the summit, including 57 heads of state or government.
The two-day conference, which comes to a close today in Istanbul, seeks to develop a better response to what the U.N. has called the worst global humanitarian situation since World War Two, with an estimated 130 million people now in need of aid.
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