President Maithripala Sirisena participating in the opening ceremony of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday. Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to address 72nd United Nations General Assembly today (20).
The President is due to address the UN General Assembly at around 5.00 p.m., New York time.
President Sirisena is among the few world leaders to address the UN General Assembly on the opening day, US President Donald Trump will also address the UN General Assembly today. Trump is expected to address the U.N. around 10:30 a.m., New York time.
President Sirisena is expected to deliver his speech regarding consensual politics, reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka.
He is also expected to brief world leaders regarding his government’s commitment to eliminate poverty after declaring the year 2017 as the year for poverty alleviation. The initiatives taken by his government for green development are to be explained by President during his general debate speech at the UNGA. President Sirisena is also scheduled to participate in a bilateral discussion today with Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The General Debate will open with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’.
The 72nd United Nations General Assembly is due to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York until September 23. The President is to conclude his six-day official visit on September 23.