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Statement by Hon. (Dr) Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs at the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka- Geneva, 15 November 2017

I am pleased to be here today, leading the Sri Lanka delegation to our country’s third Universal Periodic Review. Sri Lanka’s delegation includes senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Office of the President, and the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva.

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First Session of Foreign Office Consultations between Sri Lanka and Switzerland

The First Session of Foreign Office Consultations between Sri Lanka and Switzerland was concluded on 15th November 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo. The formal, but inclusive bilateral engagement followed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ‘Foreign Office Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation’ in March 2016.

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Sri Lanka to be reviewed at the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group on 15 November 2017

Sri Lanka's Report under the Universal Periodic Review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR Working Group on UPR on Wednesday 15 November 2017, in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 2006, as a process through which the human rights record of every UN Member State is peer-reviewed.

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Remarks to Media by Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam following talks with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon

I am delighted and honoured to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and his delegation, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this evening. This is our second meeting in the last two months or so. Ambassador Shannon and I met in New York in late September, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, when he called on His Excellency the President, to discuss the growing interaction and partnership between our two countries. Ambassador Shannon ...

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Collection of Biometrics from Passport Applicants applying through Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions Overseas

As a part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the integrity of the Passport issuance process, the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has successfully introduced the mandatory collection of biometrics (fingerprints and digital face image) from Passport applicants and Automated Fingerprint Identification (AFIS) since 15th August 2015.

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Mission Activities

Strengthening Cooperation in Agricultural Sector with the Philippines

Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Philippines, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, paid a courtesy call to Hon. Emmanuel Piñol, Secretary (Minister), Department of Agriculture, Philippines on 26th October 2017 at the Department of Agriculture in Manila.

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Gifting of Samadhi Buddha Statue to the Wisdom Park in Philippines

Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Buddha Sasana and Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife of Sri Lanka, gifted a Samadhi Buddha Statue to the Universal Wisdom Foundation, Inc. (UWFI) as a token of goodwill to the friendly people of Philippines to promote loving kindness and peace through Buddhist principles and practices.

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Sri Lanka agreed to intensify fruitful partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Sri Lanka and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which has a long history of fruitful partnerships in rice and rice based farming systems, research and training agreed to establish a host country IRRI Center in Sri Lanka.

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Dr. Ambawatte assumed duties at the CPSC as the GB-Engaged Faculty Consultant

Staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila warmly welcomes Dr. H. Chithral Ambawatte as the new Governing Board-Engaged Faculty Consultant to the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and Mr. Chamila Indika Yaddehige, for the Professional Internship Program for International Experience (PIPIE) of CPSC.

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Philippine celebrity artists, Dionne Monsanto & Bernadette Allyson, inaugurated Sri Lanka Pavilion at World Travel Expo 2017, Philippines

Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), participated at the “World Travel Expo 2017”, a 3-day promotional event held from 6th to 8th October 2017 at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila, Philippines.

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

AMIC 2017: Rethinking communication (Published on 21 September 2017 by Philippine Star)

In 1971, the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) was established to encourage ethical and social responsibility of the media to support democratic access and participation in  media development and production. The international, non-profit, non-government organization serves as a regional research hub for media and communication issues.

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2 Asian communication icons to be honored at int'l media conference (Published on 20 September 2017 by Rappler)

Two Asian communication icons – a theorist and a practitioner – will be given one of the highest honors in the field of communication in Asia by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) on September 27 at Miriam College, Quezon City.

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Ex-teacher helps rebuild scarred lives in Sri Lanka (Published on 04 September 2017 by Philstar Global)

MANILA, Philippines -  For someone who has experienced first-hand war, violence and disaster in her home country, not to mention caring for and supporting practically all types of victims and leading survivors through the healing process, it must be easy to get disillusioned, lose hope and just give up on life.

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Photo shows the awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Thursday night.
Cecilia Garrucho of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association(PETA), Tony Tay of Singapore, Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, Philippine Vice President, Maria Leonora Robredo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Mr. Ramon Del Rosario, Abdon Nababan of Indonesia, Lilia De Lima of the Philippines and Yoshikai Ishizawa of Japan.
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5 Asian heroes, 1 theater group recognized winners of 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards (Published on 01 September 2017 by Manila Bulletin)

They address real and complex issues, take bold and innovative actions that engage others. They create outcomes that the ordinary individual can feel. They show unbelievable courage, initiative when faced with resource gaps, fight daunting adversity and strong opposition. This was how Vice President Leni Robredo described on Thursday night this year’s six winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, considered the Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize-at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

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She helped rebuild war-scarred lives (Published on 01 September 2017 by INQUIRER.net)

For someone who has spent four decades trying to help rebuild the war-scarred lives of women and children in Sri Lanka, Gethsie Shanmugam still believes in young people, who, she thinks, will create a world far better than what she has seen.

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