Build new structures to achieve full potential of SAARC - President

“Let us within our own grouping be bold enough to introspect.  We must take measures to improve the existing mechanisms through review, rationalisation and reinvigoration.  If there is a need, we should not hesitate to build new structures and mechanisms, to enable SAARC to reach its full potential,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address to the 16th SAARC Summit at Thimphu, Bhutan today.

54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
High-level Plenary
Statement by H.E. Dr. Palitha Kohona, Ambassador &
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka & Head of Delegation

Mr. Chairman,
Hon. Ministers & distinguished delegates

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women.  The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action announced to the world the strategic goals and actions that should be undertaken to overcome obstacles to the promotion of women’s rights. I would, therefore, like to at the outset reiterate Sri Lanka’s commitment to the full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as well as to the Outcome Document of the 23rd Special Session of the UNGA. These documents provide the foundation for achieving gender equality in the world as well as the Millennium Development Goals.

Statement by Ambassador Palitha Kohona
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka
Meeting of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping (C-34)


Distinguished members of the Diplomatic Corps and of the UN and
other International Organizations,
Ladies & gentlemen,

I thank you for your presence at this diplomatic briefing.  Sri Lanka as a democratic nation is committed to transparency and believes in the importance of always sharing with our friends and partners overseas, the facts and considerations behind any noteworthy development in our country.

Statement by Delegation of Sri Lanka,
at the 2010 Session of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal
Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the  Conservation
and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond
Areas of National Jurisdiction
United Nations, New York. 1 February 2010

Co Chairs,
Distinguished Delegates,

My Delegation wishes to congratulate the Co Chairs of the Working Group, Ms. Lispeth Lijhnstead (Netherlands) and Ambassador Palitha Kohona, (Sri Lanka) on their appointment and to extend our appreciation to them for undertaking to guide our deliberations in formulating viable and generally acceptable recommendations to be provided to the General Assembly at its 65th Session. We would also express appreciation to the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the OLA for the report of the SG in document A/64/66/Add 2 and for its support in preparing for and servicing this meeting.

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