Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, It has been an honour and indeed a privilege to welcome to Sri Lanka the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Honourable Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The visit is significant as this is the very first visit by a Foreign Minister of...
Today, June 7th, the Cabinet of Ministers approved draft legislation enabling the issuance of Certificates of Absence. The draft legislation which involves an amendment to the Registration of Deaths (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 19 of 2010 will now be...
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva Ambassador R.D.S. Kumararatne has presented to Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of WTO the Instrument of Acceptance of the Protocol on...
Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne on Tuesday (24 May 2016) drew the attention of the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva to the recent floods...
About 400,000 people have been displaced while many have lost their lives following severe flooding over the last few days throughout the Island affecting 22 out of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka....
Policy Development Office (PDO) of the Prime Minister’s Office is hosting a website about rural “polas”/village fairs. The “pola” or “santhai” is a weekly village market that plays an important...
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|