The ‘70/60 Travelling Exhibition’ of the United Nations was inaugurated at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) on 19 October 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harinda Vidanage welcomed the collaboration between the BCIS and the UN Team in Sri Lanka in presenting the Exhibition at the BCIS premises. The opportunity of showcasing the Exhibition which had travelled to distant parts of the island and was now in Colombo, came on the eve of UN Day which will be celebrated on 24 October. Dr Vidanage stressed that the Exhibition was part of the commemoration of UN Day at the BCIS, as the Exhibition would be complimented by a special Lecture, Question and Answer (LQA) session, next week, as part of the LQA series launched at the BCIS.
Alain Sibenalar, Chair of the United Nations Communication Group and Representative of UNFPA inaugurating the exhibition on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, highlighted the significance of the story being conveyed through the panels. He recalled that the UN Secretary General, during his recent visit to Sri Lanka had viewed the Exhibition at the UN Compound and had been impressed by the contribution that Sri Lanka had made over the years to the UN system as a whole.
The pictorial-trilingual exhibit panels cover significant milestones in the UN-Sri Lanka partnership and provide the viewer with a comprehensive synopsis of the the unique role Sri Lanka has played in the UN system.
The Exhibits, which will be on display for public viewing in the courtyard of the BCIS, will remain open till 02 November 2016.