At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General accompanied by Mrs Ban Soon-taek, arrived in Sri Lanka today for a three-day visit, where he will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and other members of the Government and of the Parliament.
The Secretary-General will travel to Galle on 1 September, where he will participate in an event involving youth under the theme ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’.
On 2 September, the Secretary-General will travel to Jaffna, where he is expected to visit a resettlement site.
During the visit, the Secretary-General will also meet with several Cabinet Ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera; the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Political Party Leaders; and civil society representatives.
At the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), the Secretary-General will speak at an event in Colombo on 2 September on ‘Sustaining Peace – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, focusing in particular on Goal 16, namely, the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. (Colombo Gazette)