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UN Day Sri Lanka will be held virtually today (October 23). Focused on the global theme ‘Shaping Our Future Together’, the ceremony will feature Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena. Discussions on the global theme will explore the importance of global cooperation and innovative solutions as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic A high level UN-75 dialogue has also been planned to unite Sri Lankan leaders of all ages. Through the dialogue, leaders will discuss ‘the role of youth in harnessing multilateral cooperation for COVID-19 recovery '. 

Moderated by UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer, the dialogue will feature Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Namal Rajapaksa, Academic and Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals Dr. Buddima Sinasinghe, Assistant Director of the Ministry of Education Shadika Wazir and Activist and digital storyteller Benislos Thushan. Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Chairman of UN Global Compact Sri Lanka Dilhan Fernando, General Secretary of Sarvodaya Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, Research Economist of the Institute of Policy Studies Kithmina Hewage, Co-Founder of Hashtag Generation Mahishaa Balraj, Founder of UDecide Saranee Gunathilaka and Youth and Peace Activist Anojitha Sivaskaran will also be joining the discussion. 

Today’s event will be held in the backdrop of UN75, a global debate launched in January to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. UN75 aims to be the largest and farthest-reaching worldwide conversation the United Nations has ever hosted and will be based on the theme ‘building the future we want’. The United Nations hopes to open dialogue about the United Nations itself by engaging with as many people as possible. To this end, a one minute survey has been created in order to help understand the pulse of the people. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, most events will be held virtually. 

The dialogue will be open for online comments and discussions from the audience through live-stream on the UN Sri Lanka Facebook page from 4 pm today (October 23).  

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