UN General Assembly: President Sirisena set to make his address as tomorrow dawns

UN General Assembly: President Sirisena set to make his address as tomorrow dawns

UN General Assembly: President Sirisena set to make his address as tomorrow dawns

Written by Lahiru Fernando

19 Sep, 2017 | 4:12 pm

The 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations is set to get underway today, September 19, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

192 countries are scheduled  to participate in this year’s General Assembly.

Sri Lanka’s Head of State, President Maithripala Sirisena is set to address the General Assembly at 4 a.m. o  Wednesday, September 20, -Sri Lankan time

President Sirisena will be giving his third address to the UN General Assembly since taking office.

What will the President speak of in the General Assembly?

  • Political situation in Sri Lanka
  • The progress made by SL in achieving peace and reconciliation

President Sirisena is set to hold a bilateral meeting with Pakistani PM Shahid Abbasi and then attend a lunch hosted by the UN Secretary General.

He is also scheduled to meet the Sri Lankan community living in the United States of America.

Reforming the UN

President, along with many other of his counterparts, attended the UN Political Reform High Level event at the Economic and Social Council ahead of the UNGA general debate.

The biggest contributor to the United Nations, the The United States of America highlighted it’s concerns and the need to urgently reform the UN.

The USA provides 22% of it’s $5.4 billion core budget and 28.5% of it’s $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget to the UN.

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