National Observance of the United Nations Day – 2017

National Observance of the United Nations Day – 2017

Nov 6, 2017

United Nations Association of Sri Lanka conducted the National Observance of the 72nd United Nations Day at a function at the Bishop’s College Auditorium Colombo 03 on 22nd October 2017 with the distinguished participation of Brigadier General Granville Elapata,vsv Brigadier General of  Sri Lankan Army as the chief guest. Members of the Diplomatic corps and Dr Shiran Deraniyagala, former Director-General of the Department of Archaeology as Guest-of-honour and other distinguished guests participated. Teachers and Students from many Study Circles of the UNASL around the country also participated.
The function commenced with the recital of the National Anthem and a Cultural item by Estrella Club,University of Colombo. Thereafter the Executive Chairman of UNASL Mr M M Zawahir welcomed the gathering. The first copy of the UNASL Annual 2017 was ceremoniously handed over to the chief guest and other guests. Thereafter Miss U R M Vidya Nayani Senevirathne of Christ Church College, Matale the student who won the Best Student Speaker contest delivered the keynote address on the theme “International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development”.

Brigadier General Granville Elapata, vsv the chief guest speaking thereafter indicated the importance of observing these functions by the National Organizations linked to the UN. Dr Shirana Deraniyagala , Guest of Honour and Ms Kumari Wickramasinghe spoke in Sinhala and English for the benefit of many students who participated. Thereafter awards were distributed to winners of the Speech contest, General Knowledge contest and the Essay writing contest. In order to encourage participation of teachers in the Study Circle activities, cash awards were handed over to Teachers in Charge of Study Circle activities in the five schools that did well. Special awards were given to members of the UNASL in recognition of their active support to the organization.
A special award also given to HRH Prince Dato Seri Deshakeerthi Ambassador Dr M M M Rushanudeen, JP(WI) for his continued participation, services and activities relating to UN and UNA  as Volunteer-of-the-year 2017.
There were few individuals and organizations which helped the UNASL to conduct this event successfully. Among them were Mr. M. S. M. Shameel, Special Life Member of Association, Chairman & Managing Director of SAM LULU Fashions (Pvt) Ltd, Bank of Ceylon, Mr. M. S. M. Hamza, Special Life Member of Association, Managing Director of Azka Auto (Pvt) Ltd, Dr. Fathima N. Fazeen, Special Life Member of Association, Chairman & Managing Director of  Winspire International Graguate Schhol & International Campus, Eng. M. Kamal Idroos, Special Life Member of Association, Chairman & Managing Director of GSM Tech Solutions, Mr. B. M. Vethamanikam, Life Member of Association, Proprietor of Grandpass Medical Centre and Mr. M. M. M. Manasir, Special Life Member of Association, Chairman & Managing Director of Mana Holdings (Pvt) Ltd who assisted us financially, many other well wishers and members of the UNASL who assisted us in many ways.

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