Lankan elected to top post at UN General Assembly

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The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, elected the Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, Waruna Sri Dhanapala, as Vice Chair of the Second Committee for its 68th Session.

His candidature for the Bureau of the Second Committee had been unanimously endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Group, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York said in a statement.

He is the first Sri Lankan representative in the UNGA Second Committee Bureau which deals with a range of global economic and finance issues, including the Rio+20 follow-up processes and the post-2015 global development agenda. Among Mr Dhanapala’s responsibilities in the Committee would be: ICT and Science and Technology for Development, follow up on UN Conferences on Human Settlement, South-South co-operation and Development co-operation with middle-income countries. He also assisted the Second Committee Bureau during its 67th Session by successfully facilitating negotiations on a Resolution related to the Graduation of Least Developed Countries.

Mr Dhanapala is an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and served as a Senior Assistant Secretary to the President prior to his diplomatic posting in New York in December 2011.

Last week, the UN General Assembly elected Ambassador Dr Palitha Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, as Chair of its Sixth Committee (Legal).

  Comments - 13

  • rajpassa Thursday, 10 October 2013 01:56 PM

    relationship to Mara?

    Fazil Friday, 11 October 2013 06:16 AM

    Congratulations on your new position with UN.

    Perumal Friday, 11 October 2013 06:27 AM

    Memory of another illustrious Dhanapala in UN a while back occured to me.

    M. Suri Thursday, 10 October 2013 02:28 PM

    Congratulations and good luck!
    We Sri Lankans are proud of you!

    Anura Friday, 11 October 2013 03:06 AM

    Dear Waruna,

    You deserve it, I am sure you are a good diplomat. Proud to us.

    Roma Thursday, 10 October 2013 03:21 PM

    Congratulations !! A proud product of Peradeniya university.

    ram Friday, 11 October 2013 07:16 AM

    he is under UN pay list OK not Sri Lanka.

    Duminda N Jayatileke Friday, 11 October 2013 04:20 AM

    I agree, nothinig or no amount of appointments will stop the international enquiry into the genocide committed dursing the last stages of the war that still goes on.

    Harry Monday, 14 October 2013 04:11 AM

    Wrong. He is attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in New York. He is in Sri Lanka Government pay list not repeat not UN.

    Kumari Friday, 11 October 2013 04:26 AM

    We should have dynamic intellectuals to respond to biased Pillai's allegations!

    Bandara G Thursday, 10 October 2013 06:27 PM

    Congratulations Sir on on this respectable position with the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations.
    We as Sri Lankans are proud of you and wish you all the success.We are sure you will be an asset to the UN, bringing your experience, expertize, as well as your easy going personality. You will definitely bring pride to our country, Sri Lanka as a Peradeniya University Graduate.

    Lankan Thursday, 10 October 2013 06:40 PM

    Sri Lankans can hold major positions at the UN, but its not going to stop Navi Pillai bringing Sri Lanka in front of the Human Rights Commission and War Crimes Judiciary.

    Anura Friday, 11 October 2013 10:01 AM

    You mean we should have dynamic intellectuals in Govt.

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