Former UN Under Secretary General, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala has been appointed to the position of Senior Advisor on Foreign Relations to President Maithripala Sirisena with immediate effect.
Dhanapala is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs (1998-2003) and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA (1995-1997) and to the UN Office in Geneva (1984-1987).
He was Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) from 1987-1992.
As a Sri Lankan diplomat, Dhanapala also served as Deputy Ambassador to China and Deputy High Commissioner in India. During his illustrious career he served in London, Beijing, Washington D.C., New Delhi and Geneva and represented Sri Lanka at many international conferences, chairing several of them.
He is currently the President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; a member of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and several other advisory boards of international bodies.