President Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa, left last evening on a six-day visit to New York during which he will address the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), taking place at the U.N. headquarters in New York City this week.
President Rajapaksa will participate in the general debate of the UNGA and is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 24. This is the seventh time the President is attending the global gathering of leaders. President Rajapaksa’s first address to the General Assembly was in 2006.
In addition to taking part in the UNGA, President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to participate in the 2014 Climate Summit and deliver the national statement on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The President will also be chairing a meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, President Rajapaksa is expected to hold bilateral discussions with a number of heads of state from around the world, including leaders from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
During the week in New York City, the President and First Lady will attend a reception hosted by President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama as well as a reception by the U.N. Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon
The President, as the current Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office, will also chair two open-ended meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government on the sidelines of the UN meeting.
The Commonwealth will hold an open-ended meeting of the Heads of Government to discuss CHOGM reform and the post-2015 development agenda on September 25 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Prior to his departure President Rajapaksa launched a special website that will post both the President’s and Sri Lanka's activities and engagements with the United Nations System. The new site can be accessed at the following address: http://unga.president.gov.lk/
All information pertaining to President Rajapaksa’s participation at the 69th United Nations General Assembly and other official events taking place in New York will be made available in trilingual formats in a timely manner via this website.