Sri Lanka’s Jayanthma Wickramanayake appointed as UN Envoy on Youth

ECONOMYNEXT – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth.

"Having represented and motivated global youth development on an international level since the age of 21, notably during high-level United Nations initiatives including the declaration of World Youth Skills Day,…" a UN statement said.

She has also played a key role through the creation of a large movement for civic and political engagement of young people named “Hashtag Generation,” the UN said.

She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan.

Wickramanayake is an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service.

She has previously served as Secretary to the Secretary-General of the Parliament of Sri Lanka (2016-2017); Project Officer-Youth, One-Text Initiative in Sri Lanka (2015-2016); a Member and Youth Lead Negotiator, International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 (2013-2014); and Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development (2012-2013). She was also a Senator in the Sri Lankan Youth Parliament (2013-2015).

Born in 1990, Wickramanayake is reading for Master of Development Studies at the University of Colombo and holds a Bachelor degree in Science from the same university.  (Colombo/June21/2017)

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