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  20 April 2017 Issue 198- Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

 

 

 

  

Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

 
China will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing from 14 to 15 May 2017, which aims to discuss ways to boost cooperation, build cooperation platforms and share cooperation outcomes.
The Forum will also explore ways to address problems facing global and regional economy, create fresh energy for pursuing interconnected development and make the Belt and Road Initiative deliver greater benefits to the people of all countries.
More than two millennia ago the diligent and courageous people of Eurasia explored and opened up several routes of trade and cultural exchanges that linked the major civilizations of Asia, Europe and Africa, collectively called the Silk Road by later generations.
 
 
 
 


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Sri Lanka and South Africa pursue enhanced cooperation

 
The Sixth Session of the Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Partnership Forum between Sri Lanka and South Africa was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 7 April 2017. The Forum was co-chaired by Mrs. Grace Asirwatham, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, Asia and Middle East of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa.
Pictured (l-r) Ambassador Dr. Manelisi  Genge, Chief Director, Asia & Middle East, DIRCO, Ms Robina P. Marks, High Commissioner of South Africa to Sri Lanka, Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, Asia and Middle East of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Mrs. Grace Asirwatham, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Mr. Sunil de Silva, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to South Africa.
 
 

Sri Lanka and Swaziland

 
 

 
 

UN Designates Malala Yousafzai as Messenger of Peace

 
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres designated Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education, at a special ceremony at UN headquarters.
The designation was followed by a conversation between the Secretary-General, Ms. Yousafzai and youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls’ education.
Photo credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Following the official presentation, Secretary-General Guterres and Ms. Yousafzai conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls’ education.
Taking a question from a young speaker in the audience, Ms. Yousafzai said the most difficult time she faced had been from 2007 to 2009 in the Swat Valley, “because we were at a point of making a decision about whether to speak out or remain silent. And I realized that if you remain silent, you are still going to be terrorized. So speaking out, you can help people.”

 
 
 

 

 

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