Minister of Foreign Affairs' Message

Mangala Samaraweera

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Through our 60 year journey with the UN, Sri Lanka has contributed to the UN system in many ways. Several Sri Lankans have held important professional positions in the UN including as Under-Secretaries-General. Just 5 years after joining the UN in 1955 Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, had the distinction of serving in the UN Security Council. Having held the Presidency of the General Assembly and chaired several international conferences, Sri Lanka’s contribution to the UN’s norm setting process has been significant.

At this historic juncture, when the UN celebrates its 70th anniversary, we draw inspiration from the principles, ideals and values enshrined in the Charter, in our own journey towards peace, reconciliation and achieving equitable and sustainable development.

We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the UN system for the benefit of our people.