US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of...
American Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States appreciates the firm steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to strength democracy and ensure transparency and accountability and promised the government all possible assistance to continue...
The Group of Fifteen (G-15) with South Centre held a consultation on 'Post-2015 Development Agenda through the Perspectives of Geneva based International Organisations' at the UN Geneva on 30 April...
Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to strive with all States and other Stakeholders, to make nuclear disarmament realizable and bring peaceful uses of nuclear technology within reach. While...
Sri Lanka addressed Third Session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on a Draft United Nation Declaration on the Right to Peace held during 20 – 24 April 2015 in Geneva. Full...
The Director General of the Geneva based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dr. Francis Gurry, has assured support to the government's policy of orienting Sri Lanka towards a knowledge...
Sri Lanka – UN Relations
Sri Lanka became a member of the UN on 14th December 1955. The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva was established in June 1965. The Permanent Mission functions as the Permanent Sri Lanka delegation to the Geneva Office of the United Nations (UN).
As Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the Mission represents Sri Lanka’s national interest in the Conference on Disarmament (CD), UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), UN Specialized Agencies based in Geneva such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Universal Postal Union (UPU), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) etc.
The Mission also liaises with other international organizations based in Geneva such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Sri Lanka is the current Chair of the Group of Fifteen (G15) - a Summit Level Group of Developing Countries, as well as the Colombo Process - the Regional Consultative Process on migration for countries of origin in Asia.
Admission of Sri Lanka to the UN and other International Organizations
|01 January 1897||
Joins the International Telegraph Union, which would become the
|07 July 1948||Joins the World Health Organization (WHO)|
|28 June 1948||Joins the International Labour Organization (ILO)|
|12 April 1949||Joins the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)|
|13 July 1949||Joins the Universal Postal Union (UPU)|
|22 June 1951||Joins the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)|
|14 December 1955||Admission to the United Nations|
|28 February 1959||Joins the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)|
|30 December 1964|| Joins the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
|30 June 1978||Joins Conference on Disarmament (CD)|
|20 September 1978||Joins World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)|
|08 October 1984||
First attended Executive Committee session of the United Nations
|September 1989||Founding member of G 15|
|27 November 1990||Joins the International Organization for Migration (IOM)|
|1 January 1995||Joins the World Trade Organization (WTO)|
|1 April 2003||Founding member of Colombo Process|