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?
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.
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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