Sri Lanka – Star Attraction at G-77 Golden Jubilee

Sri Lanka led the commemoration of the Group of 77 in Vienna as the Group  marked the 50th Anniversary of its establishment, with celebrations at the Vienna International Centre from 23-27 June 2014.  

The week long celebrations included several cultural performances from Member States of the G-77, a food festival and a charity event. To mark this anniversary, the G-77 in Vienna also launched the first issue of its newsletter. A tombola took place, with an air ticket to Sri Lanka on offer as the first prize, arranged by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Urges Consensus Building as Key to Multilateral Outcomes

Ambassador A.L. Abdul Azeez, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Vienna, Austria, was elected by acclamation as President of the 58th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today.  He took over the office of President from South Africa's XolisaMabhongo who held the post last year.  

Accepting the honour conferred on Sri Lanka by IAEA General Conference which consists of 162 Member States, Ambassador Azeez emphasized the continued relevance of IAEA in the area of international peace and security as the world was faced with a myriad of challenges today. Peaceful use of nuclear energy and technology through technical cooperation and verification of nuclear safeguards makes an important contribution to the economic advancement of many countries, he added.

Deputy Minister States Sri Llanka Supports South-South Initiatives

Hon. Neomal Perera, Deputy Minister of External Affairs, visited Austria from 3-5 November 2014. Participating in expression of solidarity with the Landlocked Developing Countries in South Asia and other regions, at the 2nd UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC) held in Vienna, Deputy Minister stressed that as a country committed to the principle of non-alignment, "Sri Lanka pursues an approach, which emphasizes enmity towards none and friendship towards all." He added that it was in the category of special friends that most landlocked developing countries belonged in.

Hon. Minister, Rishad Bathirudeen attends the Second UNIDO Forum on “Inclusive Sustainable Industrial Development” in Vienna, Austria

The Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka visited Vienna, Austria from 3rd to 6th November at the invitation of Mr. LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The Hon. Minister was a discussant at the Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development which took place at the Vienna International Centre. Minister Bathiudeen highlighted the substantial progress achieved by Sri Lanka in the area of sustainable development under the leadership of His Excellency the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, stressing that the country was already moving in the direction of ISID, with several industries in specific sectors commencing to implement it successfully.

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