Intern’l responsibilities crucial for development : Norwegian PM

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said today international responsibilities were crucial contributions not only to peace, but also to future prospects for development in countries seriously affected by conflict.

Delivering the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture 2016, she said Sri Lanka had consistently shouldered international responsibilities since independence in 1948.

“It has taken active part in UN norm-setting processes and has provided staff to key UN positions, including several Under-Secretary-Generals. Most notably Sri Lanka has contributed thousands of UN peacekeepers to missions around the world. At present, more than a thousand Sri Lankan troops are serving in UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic,” she said.

Ms. Solberg, who delivered her speech on Sustainable Development Goals, said that Sri Lankan welfare policies had attracted international attention and influenced other countries’ policymaking.

“Achievements in the areas of health and education were important for Sri Lanka’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Indeed, free education and health services have been provided for decades. These and other achievements provide a good basis for achieving the SDGs,” she said.

She said education, particularly for girls, was a human right as well as the most effective investment in sustainable development and added that women’s full and equal participation at all levels and sectors in society was vital, including in politics and business.

“This will boost economic growth, help ending poverty, improve global health, protect our environment and climate and strengthen peace and stability,” she added.

 

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  • S.P.RAMKUMAR Saturday, 13 August 2016 02:50 PM

    It is the real speech, Mdm. Prime minister will surely help us to boost our economy through fisheries.

    Chris Monday, 15 August 2016 01:26 PM

    Your Excellency Prime minister of Norway I am proud that you have visited my Mother land and looked into development of the country in all aspects. Your excellency you have taken the initiative to participate and contribute your thoghts. Your thoughts as members of the soiety are welcome.Once again I thank the Norwegian Prime minister for visiting my Mother landThank you

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 14 August 2016 09:55 AM

    Accept your fact. But international community should not interfere with our internal matters such as Reconciliation process.

    Shelly Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:48 PM

    When Leanage doesnt want to reconcile with fellow citizens he better keep his mouth shut. via DM Android App

    paths Sunday, 14 August 2016 01:23 PM

    foreign participation is vital for ensuring justice to tamils


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