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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Sri Lanka's Culinary and Cultural Festival in Prague a great attraction

''Sri Lanka and its cultural and culinary influences have drawn the attention of the world as never before, with the country's tourism industry expanding, and its economy registering fast growth'', stated Tomas Dub, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, opening the Culinary and Cultural Festival of Sri Lanka at Hotel Hilton Old Town Prague on 21 March 2013.

Embassy celebrates New Year with Sri Lankan community in Austria

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Austria together with the Sri Lanka community and friends of Sri Lanka from many parts of Austria celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year at the Embassy reception hall on the evening of 14th April 2013. 

Guests arriving at the event were met with a traditional greeting according to Sinhala and Tamil customs, with a sheaf of betel and pottu.  The event commenced with the lighting of the oil lamp by children.

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