Sri Lanka will be working closely with the United Nations to address several development issues even though the present government is hell bent on withdrawing from the co-sponsorship of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution No. 30/1, top authorities said.

The government has already commenced a campaign under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to withdraw the co-sponsorship and to rectify the mistakes committed by the previous regime and to standby the interests of Sri Lanka’s military on the international stage.

This was disclosed by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in parliament recently emphasising that the decision by the United States to blacklist and impose a travel ban on Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was a result of this co-sponsorship.

Under this backdrop, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, participating in the celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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.”

Sri Lanka is to work closely with the United Nations to address several issues, including challenges faced by women and girls, he added.

As part of this year’s 75th anniversary of the world largest intergovernmental body, the United Nations in Sri Lanka organised a panel discussion with youth activists and experienced leaders who shared ideas on current global challenges and young people’s role in shaping solutions in line with a multilateral, all-of-society’s approach.

The Sri Lanka Prime Minister was addressing a virtual dialogue, held under the theme, ‘Shaping Our Future Together – Multilateralism and Youth in the New Normal,’ which was part of a year-long campaign to mark the formation of the UN organization right after the end of the Second World War.

“It has been the privilege of the United Nations to partner with the people of Sri Lanka on a remarkable journey," the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer said.

The UN75 campaign aims to be the largest and farthest-reaching worldwide conversation on building the future we want. By listening and learning, responding and engaging with as many people and constituencies as possible, it will also be an opportunity to trigger a dialogue about the UN itself.