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Virtual Discussion on Multilateralism: The Search for a Common Agenda.

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), Colombo organized the webinar on ‘Multilateralism: The Search for a Common Agenda’ on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon to share views on the UN Secretary General’s landmark report ‘Our Common Agenda’ which looks ahead to the next 25 years. The report was presented in September 2021 before the end of the 75th Session of the General Assembly.

H.E. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, 4th President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005), Chairperson- BCIS, Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, UN Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict and Ambassador H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, former Foreign Secretary and Governor of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka made presentations at the event.

This virtual discussion focused on ‘Our Common Agenda’ that reiterates the UN’s commitment to an enhanced, inclusive and effective system of global governance to cope with the challenges of the current and future generations, thereby enabling a better, greener and safer future for everyone. The UN hopes to achieve this by seizing new opportunities as the world recovers from the pandemic and its related financial, economic, and social ramifications.

The Webinar was attended by 140 plus participants including members from the diplomatic community, foreign service officials, academics, activists, and students. Dr Minna Thaheer, Director, BCIS moderated the discussions. Ms Shalika Dias, Research Associate, BCIS organised the event.