Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, over the 70 years since Independence, Sri Lanka has never shied away from taking its fair share of responsibility in the UN system, which has helped Sri Lanka build an image as a moderate, and progressive partner, able to bridge differences and build consensus.He said, in Geneva, Sri Lanka continues to give leadership on a wide range of issues such as disarmament, migration, human rights, health, intellectual property, science and technology and international trade policy. Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations when he addressed representatives of the diplomatic community, UN and other international organizations based in Geneva and friends of Sri Lanka, at a ceremony held to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence, at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ambassador R.D.S. Kumararatne, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya and Mission staff were associated with the Ambassador at the event.The centre piece of the Geneva celebrations was an exhibition titled ‘Facets of Sri Lanka’, conceptualized and organized by the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It comprised of 7 ‘facets’ – ‘Reflections of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Relations‘, ‘Sri Lanka in Geneva’, ‘Intellectual Property Assets of Sri Lanka’, ‘Visit Sri Lanka’, ‘Buy and Invest with Sri Lanka’, ‘Flavors of Sri Lanka’ and ‘Rhythms of Sri Lanka’, which featured the State Dance Ens