Sri Lanka being one of the earliest members of UNESCO (since 1949) has been an active partner in many UNESCO led initiatives
Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam
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Presently, Sri Lanka is a State Party to the following
In addition, Sri Lanka is a member of the International Coordinating council of the programme on Man and the Biosphere. Furthermore, Sri Lanka held the Chair of the Asia Pacific Group of UNESCO in 2003.
Recent initiatives by Sri Lanka at UNESCO include the resolution adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference to establish the South Asian Centre for Teacher Development in Meepe, Sri Lanka and the resolution to celebrate the 100th Birth Anniversary of late Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra adopted by the 37th Session of the General Conference. A special ceremony was held at the UNESCO Head Quarters celebration of this Birth Anniversary accompanied by a cultural show and an Exhibition to honour the late scholar. The Agreement between the UNESCO and the government of Sri Lanka was signed concurrently to this event.
Since joining the UNESCO membership in 1949, Sri Lanka has served on the Executive Board only on four occasions.
Being committed to the UNESCO ideal of building peace in the minds, Sri Lanka has the honor to submit the candidature of Hon. Akila Virja Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, Sri Lanka, for election to the UNESCO Executive Board, during the 39th General Conference in October 2015.
In this regard, the Government of Sri Lanka kindly requests, the UNESCO Member States to extend their valuable support for the candidature of Sri Lanka to the Executive Board of UNESCO.