Sri Lankan President scheduled to attend G77 in Cuba, UNGA in New York

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave the island on September 13 to attend the G77 Summit in Cuba and the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month.

The President, who will visit Cuba first, will participate in the G77 Summit which will be held in Havana on September 15 and 16. Afterwards the President will travel to New York to join the 78th Annual session of the United Nations General Assembly beginning on September 19 and will address the event on September 21.

In Havana as well as in New York, President Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold official level discussions with many world leaders who are coming there to participate in those conferences.

The theme of this year’s UN General Assembly session is ‘Financing for Development’, which aims to assist developing countries to recover from the post-Covid economic crisis and finance the challenges of climate change.

The G77 has 134 member countries from the economically developing world and is a branch of the Non-Aligned Movement, which started in 1964 with 77 countries including Sri Lanka.

This year’s theme of the G77 summit is ‘North-South Digital Divide’ which describes global disparities between economically developed countries and G77 member countries.

Cuba, the current chair of the G77, will hand over the leadership to Uganda after this year’s summit.


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