Sri Lanka called for collective action to address contemporary global challenges particularly poverty and terrorism at the 18th summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Baku, Azerbaijan on 26th Oct.
Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana who is heading the Sri Lanka delegation observed that poverty remains one of the greatest impediments to the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Development Agenda.
He briefed the NAM Member States on how the alleviation of poverty has been at the core of Sri Lanka’s development strategies, the country’s endeavours to address the issues of social inequality, empowerment of women and also, numerous welfare measures aimed at assisting the underprivileged.
He referred to terrorism which he said remains one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. Marapana repeated Sri Lanka’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and later on pointed out the need to address violent extremism.
With regards to climate change, Marapana further expressed hope that the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Chile this year will galvanize global action to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of this global threat.
Additionally, he also underscored the relevance of NAM as the collective voice of the global South while recalling how the group has championed the values that are inherently vital in safeguarding multilateralism.
Minister Marapana also addressed the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting held prior to the Summit on Wednesday.