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United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.

“The declaration by the UN of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “As the lead UN agency for this initiative, UNWTO is very much looking forward to proceeding with the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations of the UN system, other international and regional organizations and all other relevant stakeholders”, he added.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts a Back-to-School campaign

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted a Back-to-School campaign at St Paul and Tshipinare Primary Schools in Tha-ba Nchu in the Free State.
Due to the decline in formal employment and consequent increase in unemployment, most learners in the area are from disadvantaged families.
The campaign is envisaged to affirm the values society puts on the success of every child by offering them encouragement. The campaign is important for children, as this conscientises them to take cognisance of the people supporting them. It is hoped that this will motivate and teach them that it is important to care for others.
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane was accompanied by Heads of Mission who also donated items to the school.

Picture byline:  Jacoline Schoonees



Sri Lanka endeavors to be a truly Independent Nation - Ranjith Soysa spokesperson for Global Sri Lankan Forum

February 4th, 2017, marks the 69th year of Sri Lankan independence.  It is an important day in Sri Lanka and a day that is important for the Sri Lankans in the diaspora. Sri Lankan diaspora is spread all over the world and maintains strong, social, cultural and economic ties with Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze views of the Sri Lankan diaspora living abroad. International Sri Lankan diaspora organisation, the Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF) is one of the largest and most influential diaspora forums spread across eight countries.  Given the upcoming 69th Independence Day  of Sri Lanka  and increasing interest in the Sri Lankan  diaspora, the  Diplomatic Society Global  Editor Srimal Fernando in  an exclusive interview   engages  Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF)'s  Australian based spokesperson, Ranjith Soysa.

April as Sri Lankan Heritage Month in Canada

In a series of interviews  Diplomatic Society Global Editor Srimal Fernando  began interviewing notable South Asians living in Canada.  As of 2011, South Asian Canadians constitute almost 5 percent of the Canadian population, being the largest visible minority in Canada. In the changing strategic atmosphere, Canada is playing a constructive role in the economic development of the South Asian countries and has emerged a key promoter of economic cooperation in the region. Today 300,000  Sri Lankan descendants are estimated to live in Canada.
We introduce you to two Sri Lankan community leaders,  Chaminda Wijesinghe, President  of the Sri Lanka Canada Association of Ottawa (SLCAO) and Anura Ferdinand, immediate past  President of the Sri Lanka Canada Association of Ottawa  (SLCAO ) who  have taken up the mantle of campaigning and promoting "April as Sri Lankan Heritage Month in Canada" on behalf of their Association.


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