Sri Lanka at the UNWG Charity Bazaar 2016

On Friday, 2nd and Saturday 3rd December, 2016, the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka, under the guidance of H. E. Priyanee Wijesekera and with the precious support of the Sri Lankan Community of Vienna, participated to the United Nations Women Guild Charity Bazaar at the Vienna Conference Center. For the first time since seven years, Sri Lanka operated not only a Restaurant Stall, but also a National Goods stall to promote Sri Lankan products and industries.

 Moreover, a Sri Lankan dancing group, performing traditional Sri Lankan dances in authentic dresses, attracted the visitors of this special event.

This very popular event where about 150 nations were represented with their stalls and which was visited by more than 50.000 people, was coordinated by Mr. Namal Wijeyamuni Zoysa, Second Secretary of this Mission,.

The Bazaar started with a soft opening of the National Goods Stalls on Friday evening. This soft opening was attended by staff members of United Nations as well as Austrians.

At the food stall, more than 500 rations of delicious Sri Lankan specialities, provided by members of the Community, where served by Embassy Staff and Community Members to the gathering. Also Sri Lankan Tea was served to the visitors of the Bazaar.

On the first floor of the hall, the Embassy operated the National Goods Stall. There, tea, jewellery and decorative carving were exhibited and sold to the public. People were attracted by the exhibited items, and already by 04 p.m., the stall staff had to flag “Sold- out!”.

Visitors of the bazaar were specially attracted by the large variety of tea, especially loose tea, for which Sri Lanka is the bench mark.

 

Vienna, 13th December, 2016

 

 

Tea Event organized by the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO), an EXPO is organized from 21 to 25 November 2016 with participation of all member states of UNIDO. The Expo was held under the slogan ‘Together for a Sustainable Future’ promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals by focusing on the five themes of critical importance for humanity and the People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and partnership.

During the one week celebrations of 50th Anniversary of UNIDO, Wednesday, 23rd of November 2016 had been allocated for member states of Asia and Pacific region of UNIDO family to showcase their national food items at the EXPO premises.

The Embassy and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna organized a ‘Tea Event’ at the EXPO having a promotional booth on 23rd November 2016 at the United Nations Office in Vienna showcasing different regional brands of Ceylon black tea. The Ceylon Tea Board granted four different regional tastes of Ceylon tea. The Tea Promotional booth was decorated with items which depicts Sri Lankan identity. Visitors to the Tea stall of Sri Lanka were offered cups of Ceylon tea and they were gifted packets of small tea bags.

The Celebrations of 50th Anniversary of UNIDO was attended by Political leaders, high level participants, policy makers Experts from all over the world, Diplomatic representatives based in Vienna, representative from donor organizations, beneficiaries of UNIDO’S interventions, 200-300 young researchers, 1,000 general public participants, 4700 staff in Vienna international Centre and the private sector.

 
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna, Austria
29.11.2016

Sri Lanka organized side event at 8th session of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime [UNTOC] in Vienna

Sri Lanka organized side event at 8th session of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime [UNTOC] in Vienna

 

The delegation from Sri Lanka attending the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime [UNTOC] organized a side event on “International Cooperation on Combating Transnational Organized Crime” on 18 October 2016 as an initiative of the Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka. The delegation comprising officials from Attorney General’s Department, Sri Lanka Police, Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Department of Legal Draftsman.

With opening remarks, H.E. Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera, Sri Lanka Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Vienna explained the focus of the event.

Mr. Sarath Jayamanne, PC, Additional Solicitor General outlined the historical evolution of Sri Lanka’s legal framework emphasizing the fact that as a member of the Commonwealth we inherited the presumption of innocence as a basic feature of criminal justice. Therefore confessions are treated as inadmissible. He gave brief outline of Sri Lanka’s legal framework, legislation, judicial proceedings in relation to the transnational organized crime and protecting victims of human trafficking personnel particularly the sexual exploitation of children & women. He referred to the legislation on Sri Lanka victim’s right bill which was ratified recently aiming to uphold and enforce the rights and entitlement of victims of crimes and witnesses. Mr. Jayamanne stressed the importance of international cooperation on mutual legal assistance to combat transnational organized crimes and countries assisting each other in law enforcement matters.

Additional General Manager of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Mrs. M.A.C.K. Premasiri, described the Bureau’s role in regulating the employment agencies, controlling recruitment, complaint handling mechanisms, settlement of disputes. She also highlighted Sri Lanka’s recent progress at the ‘Colombo Process’ with regard to prevention of human trafficking and emphasized the local mechanism of monitoring Sri Lanka’s progress on combating human trafficking through the ‘National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force’.

The Deputy Controller of the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Mr. A.H.L. De Soysa outlined the challenges and sketched the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to combat the human trafficking within the framework of Immigration and Emigration law of Sri Lanka.
The Assistant Legal Draftsman of the Department of Legal Draftsman described her Department’s role of transforming national policies on human trafficking into law through legislation.

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H. E. Priyanee Wijesekera presents Credentials to CTBTO

CTBTO Executive Secretary receives Credentials from the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka

His Excellency Dr. Lassina Zerbo of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) received the Letter of Credence from Priyanee Wijesekera, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Vienna, Austria today at the Office of the CTBTO in the Vienna International Center.

Thereafter, during the Bilateral Discussion that ensued Dr. Zerbo fondly recalled the recent visit to Sri Lanka where a successful OSI Regional Training Programme was held in Dambulla, Sri Lanka from 28th November – 5th Decemberwhere a wide representation from signatory states, comprising of nearly 100 persons representing 13 countries, including Sri Lanka’s participation in the program, Dr. Zerbo informed that excellent arrangements were made for his visit. Dr. Zerbo also highlighted the need for early ratification by Sri Lanka and mentioned that he has sent a letter in this regard to the Foreign Minister whom he has invited to participate in the ministerial-level event on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the opening for signature of the CTBT which is scheduled for the 13th of June, 2016. Dr. Zerbo added that it will also be an excellent opportunity for Sri Lanka to inform states signatories of the progress in the ratification process.

Ambassador Wijesekera, as the Permanent Representative - designate of Sri Lanka to International Organizations in Vienna, will also present Credentials to the Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Ambassador Wijesekera has previously held the position of Secretary General of Parliament from August, 2002 to March 2008. She was also the Chairperson of the ‘Committee on Violence Against Women’ and has been the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus under the category of “Prominent women in Sri Lanka” – 2014 as well as the ‘Zonta Woman of the Year’ award for law in 2006. Her publications include “Parliaments and Governments in the Next Millennium – 1999” and “Parliamentary Practice in Sri Lanka – 2nd Edition – 2007”. She holds an LLB (Ceylon), LLM (Colombo) in Public International Law and Attorney-at-law. She is a past student of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo.

 

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna
15th March 2016

 

H. E. Priyanee Wijesekera presents Credentials to UNIDO

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka presents Credentials to Director General of UNIDO

The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to Austria and the United Nations in Vienna, Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera presented Credentials to Mr. Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) at the Office of the Director General in the Vienna International Centre, on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

During the discussion that followed, the Director General briefed Ambassador Wijesekera on the work and priorities of UNIDO and the organization’s strong partnerships built with the international community, financial institutions and the private sector.

Referring to UNIDO’s partnership with Sri Lanka and the strong programmes conducted for many years in the country, the Director General stressed that great importance was attached to the relationship with Sri Lanka and he wished to see the steady implementation of these programmes. The Director General also noted his visit to Sri Lanka in January 2015 and his meeting with HE President Maithripala Sirisena. He extended a warm welcome to Ambassador Wijesekera and looked forward to working together.

Ambassador Wijesekera expressed appreciation for the significant cooperation and assistance provided to the industrial sector in Sri Lanka in broadening the industrial base, strengthening national capacity and the competitiveness of local industries. She also noted Sri Lanka’s interest in continuing to work in close partnership with UNIDO in the future.

Ambassador Wijesekera has previously held the position of Secretary General of Parliament from August, 2002 to March 2008. She was also the Chairperson of the ‘Committee on Violence Against Women’ and has been the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus under the category of “Prominent women in Sri Lanka” – 2014 as well as the ‘Zonta Woman of the Year’ award for law in 2006. Her publications include “Parliaments and Governments in the Next Millennium – 1999” and “Parliamentary Practice in Sri Lanka – 2nd Edition – 2007”. She holds an LLB (Ceylon), LLM (Colombo) in Public International Law and Attorney-at-law. She is a past student of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo. 

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna
24th March 2016
 

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