High Commissioner Sunil De Silva appointed as Permanent Representative of  Sri Lanka to UNON

High Commissioner Sunil De Silva appointed as Permanent Representative of  Sri Lanka to UNON

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Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Kenya Sunil de Silva presented his Letter of Appointment as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim on 09 August 2018. Mr. Solheim had been designated by the UN Headquarters to accept Letters of Appointment in the absence of the Director General of  UNON.

High Commissioner Sunil de Silva, as Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, is also  accredited to the  United Nations Environment  Programme(UNEP) and the to United  Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

During the  discussion the Permanent Representative had with UNEP Executive Director following the Presentation of the Letter of Appointment,  he emphasised the importance that Sri Lanka attaches to  UN  Peacebuilding  initiatives and  briefed on the  Government's  reconciliation  process.

He  also briefed the Executive Director on Sri Lanka's progress in implementing the  2030 Agenda for sustainable Development including enactment of  the  Sustainable  Development Act.

High Commissioner De Silva also stressed on the  commitment  of the  Government  for a Blue –Green  Economic Policy. He informed the Executive Director of UNEP that  the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment  has  prepared a National Action Programme  for Combating  Land Degradation  comprising of  25 action programs  for the period  2015-2024 and that  the  Government is also on an  ambitious path to increase National Forest Cover  up to 32% of   its  total  land.

High Commissioner De Silva   stated that  the  Government of Sri Lanka  will share best practices  and  expand mutual  cooperation  in  the conservation and sustainable utilization  of mangroves in the Commonwealth. He said that, to further strengthen  its commitment, Sri Lanka joined the UN Clean Seas  Campaign  in  December 2017 and   has  committed to   join  the International  Coral Reef  Initiative  (ICRI) this  year.  He also  informed that Sri Lanka will host the 19th Session of the State Parties  to the  Convention  on International Trade  in Endangered  Species  of  Wild Fauna  and Flora  (CIETS) in  Colombo  under the  UNEP mandate.


Sri Lanka High Commission


20  August 2018



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