UN Special, April 2018 Edition

17 04 2018 unspecial

                                               Sri Lanka’s contributions to the International Community


Sri Lanka – UN Relations

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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
in Geneva

         01 January 1897

Joins  the International Telegraph Union, which would become the 
ITU in 1933

         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
      High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as an Observer

         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



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