Colombo UN75 Dialogue

Colombo UN75 Dialogue

As part of the 75th anniversary commemoration the UN is holding a worldwide dialogue in as many communities and countries as possible, across borders, sectors, and generations, to assess current and future risks and opportunities, and source solutions for global cooperation. The online Colombo UN75 Dialogue was held on June 18, 2020, via zoom. The Dialogue presented a multidisciplinary and multi-generational outlook of the role of the UN and Sustainable Development Goals from the perspective of Sri Lanka.

Participants of the dialogue:

  • Vice-Chancellor of the University of Colombo Senior Professor Chandrika N. Wijeyaratne
  • Senior Professor Nayani Melagoda, Professor in International Relations and the Dean of Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Professor Nirmalie Pallewatta, Professor in Zoology and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Erandathie Lokupitiya, Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
  • Professor Naazima Kamardeen, Department of Commercial Law
  • Dr. Janaki Jayawardena, Department of History
  • Dr. Sashika Manoratne, Department of Management and Organization Studies

Moderator: Dr. Maneesha Wanasinghe Pasqual, Department of International Relations
Please follow the below link on Colombo UN75 Dialogue

A summary of key points about Colombo UN75 Dialogue:

  • The importance of preserving true peace and cooperation within the UN system and beyond to facilitate the world to ‘work as one’
  • Mutual respect and cohesion in solving global issues including poverty, gender inequality, climate change and loss of biodiversity
  • The need to take on a more holistic, integrated, multidimensional and multilateral approach to solving problems with an emphasis on humanity
  • Being appreciative of nature and environment, ecosystems and the need to preserve the same
  • Need for a sustainable economy with equitable cooperation interventions and governance
  • Respecting values and recognizing the role of women in global leadership

A series of online events preceded the dialogue.

  • A survey on “The UN and Our Envisioned Environment”.
  • Digital Poster exhibition on the “The Digital Environment for Climate Change Activism in Sri Lanka”
  • 10-minute video created by University students on “100 Voices for UN 100”

Please follow the below link on student voices titled “UN75 Envisioned”


Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne
Vice Chancellor
University of Colombo


Professor Nayani Melegoda
Faculty of Graduate Studies


Professor Erandathie Lokupitiya
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
Faculty of Science


Professor Naazima Kamardeen
Department of Commercial Law
Faculty of Law


Professor Nirmalie Pallewatta
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
Faculty of Science


Dr. Maneesha S. Wanasinghe – Pasqual
Department of International Relations
Faculty of Arts


Dr. J.D. Jayawardena
Department of History
Faculty of Arts


Dr. Sashika R. Abeydeera Manoratne
Department of Management and Organization Studies
Faculty of Management and Finance