Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa wishing the United Nations for its 75th anniversary and for the work done across the globe, reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 amidst challenges.
The Premier expressing his gratitude for the support in battling the COVID-19 pandemic in the country said Sri Lanka is committed to continue to work closely with the intergovernmental organization in the future.
“We are firm in our commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and create a greener and more sustainable environment for the future,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said in a statement.
“1 call upon my fellow world leaders to work collectively in restoring compassion back to the eco-system in our respective countries.”
Due to the prevailing pandemic, the event took place virtually under the theme “Shaping Our Future Together.” In his remarks, the Prime Minister thanked the United Nations for providing support to Sri Lanka in a wide range of sectors and highlighted the importance of member states supporting the United Nations in becoming a “more agile and accountable institution.”
Complete Remarks by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Virtual Commemoration of the 7Sth Anniversary of the United Nations:
Thank you, Your Excellency and the United Nations, for inviting me to participate in the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the U.N. It is indeed an historic occasion, especially given the long- standing partnership Sri Lanka has had with the U.N. for 65 years.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from joining you at your office for this celebration. However, I’m glad technology has brought us together virtually.
| want to start by thanking the United Nations for its support to Sri Lanka in fighting the Coronavirus outbreak. As the world takes on the challenges of this unprecedented global health crisis, it is more important than ever to work collectively on our shared challenges to overcome this pandemic.