This year, 2015, Sri Lanka joins the world community in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. For the people of Sri Lanka, this occasion is of special significance. Having reaffirmed our faith at the Presidential election in January 2015, in democratic principles which have guided our nation for long years, Sri Lanka marks the 60th anniversary of its membership in the UN by renewing our engagement and reaffirming our commitment to the UN Charter.
In our 60 year journey, many Sri Lankans have contributed to the work of the UN and its agencies including its norm setting process, peacekeeping and development work.
At this historic juncture, I reaffirm Sri Lanka’s commitment to continue working with the UN for the benefit of our peoples.