FM Gunawardena praises UN
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that Sri Lanka appreciates the continued cooperation and assistance of the United Nations (UN) and UN agencies in implementing sustainable development goals (SDGs) focusing on national interests and priorities and the UN’s role in the most important intergenerational challenge, protecting our environment and combating climate change and biodiversity loss.
He stated so, speaking at the ‘shaping our future together’ virtual event of the 75th Anniversary of the UN in Colombo on 23 October, as the Guest of Honour.
“The UN reaching its 75th year, demonstrates the durability of not only this organisation, but also the concept of multilateralism, based on the core principles of the sovereign equality of all States, respect for their territorial integrity and non-interference in their domestic affairs. The UN plays an important role in fostering multilateral action and mobilising global solidarity towards addressing the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka appreciates and supports the contributions by the UN and especially the World Health Organization to the global response to address the multiple challenges of the pandemic. Sri Lankan peacekeepers are serving in some of the world’s most high-intensity conflict regions. As a country providing peacekeeping forces, we look forward to enhancing our contribution towards a more secure and peaceful world. The theme of this commemoration ‘shaping our future together’ is future focused and reiterates the importance of collective action for the future that we wish for.
Youth has been recognised as the centre of the UN 75 dialogues, as the role of youth and the way they perceive the future is pivotal in this context. Sri Lanka has endorsed and committed to the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. The Government has introduced a people-centric national policy and poverty alleviation through an agriculture-based production economy is one of our major goals. As President Gotabaya Rajapaksa mentioned in his address to the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly to commemorate the 75th Anniversary, Sri Lanka is hopeful that we of the UN would rededicate ourselves in efforts to strengthen this great institution to ensure the future we want,” he said.