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Sri Lanka elected as Chair of the Seventh Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), in Bangkok.

Sri Lanka elected as Chair of the Seventh Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), in Bangkok

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Thailand Chaminda Colonne and Spouse Stephen Senanayake was granted a farewell audience by H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) and  H.M. Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Thailand Chaminda Colonne and Spouse Stephen Senanayake was granted a farewell audience by H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) and H.M. Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana

On 26th June 2024, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), C.A. Chaminda I. Colonne and Spouse Mr. Stephen Senanayake was granted an audience by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana of the Kingdom of Thailand to bid farewell at the Amphorn Royal Palace.

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of UN Proclamation of the International Day of Vesak, Sri Lanka gifts an Art work of ‘Sri Dalada Perahera’ to UNESCAP for displaying at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of UN Proclamation of the International Day of Vesak, Sri Lanka gifts an Art work of ‘Sri Dalada Perahera’ to UNESCAP for displaying at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok

At the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC),Bangkok, on the Visakha Pooja Day, 22nd May 2022 (22May Vesak 2567 BE), commemorating the 25th Anniversary of United Nations Proclamation of the International Day of Vesak, Ambassador of Sri Lanka and Permanent Representative to UNESCAP, C. A. Chaminda I. Colonne, handed over a magnificent traditional Art work of ‘Sri Dalada Perahera’ to the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana to display at the UNCC in Bangkok.

The Seventh Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) held on 20th May in Bangkok-Thailand, was convened as a virtual meeting for the first time,complying with the ‘new normal’ in the COVID 19 context,and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), H.E. (Mrs.) Samantha K.Jayasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand,was elected by acclamation as the Chair of 7thAPFSD and will serve for a period of one year.

The7th APFSDwas held under the theme‘Accelerating action for and delivery of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific’. Recalling that the UN has declared a ‘Decade of Action’ in realizing the 2030 Agenda, Ambassador Jayasuriya, addressing the Opening Session underscored the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships and well coordinated response at national, and regional levels, including with all institutions and all members of society, as well as from the multilateral cooperation framework,in moving forward.

Joining the Opening Session online from New York was the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Ms. Armida SalsiahAlisjahbana, and H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand, also addressed the Session. The speakers highlighted the need to change the challenges posed by COVID-19 crisis into new opportunities. They suggested on enhanced investments in social protection and health care, developing economic models aiming at green jobs, leveraging on innovations to advance technology based solutions while bridging the digital divide and enhancing scientific cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region etc.

Joining from Colombo, Dr. Sugath Yalegama, Director General of the Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lanka shared Sri Lanka’s responses to contain the COVID 19 and actions taken in accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Emphasizing the necessity and importance of focusing onimmediate and medium term strategies, in the post COVID 19 context, he also highlighted that the new realities need to be incorporated into the goals and targets of 2030 Agenda.

The Session was joined online by over 730 participants representing member States, major stake holders, civil society and NGOs, and was declared opened by H.E. Fidelis Magalhães,Minister for Legislative Reforms and Parliamentary Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, as the outgoing Chair of the 6th APFSD. The annual Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ms. ShiranthiRatnayake, Additional Director General, National Planning Department, Ms.SamanthiSenanayake, Director and Ms.SheronHewawaduge, Assistant Director, Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lankajoined virtually from Colombo, and Mrs. PoornimaGunasekera, Head of Chancery, Mr. Anil Sirimanna, Counsellor (Commerce), and Ms. SarithaRanatunga, Second Secretary of the Sri Lanka Mission in Bangkokalso represented the GOSL delegation to the 7th APFSD.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Bangkok, Thailand
21 May 2020

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Sri Lanka elected as Chair of the Seventh Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), in Bangkok.