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Two to represent UN Association at conference

The members of the Sri Lankan community will represent the United Nations Association at the "Rebuilding Societies Emerging from Conflict: A Shared Responsibility" a conference to be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York from September 9 to 11.

Jay Liyanage, Honourary Consul of Sri Lanka in New Jersey and Ambassador Nissanka Wijewardene representing Sri Lanka at the conference will explore the role of the international community in supporting societies emerging from conflict with special focus on post - conflict societies that have been the subject of United Nations involvement. Liyanage and Wijewardene, a former Sri Lanka Permanent Representative to the United Nations, are the honourary representative and alternative representative respectively of the United Nations Association of Sri Lanka at the United Nations.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette Han Seung - zoo, President of the 56th session of the UN General Assembly and President Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights are among the dignitaries who will address the opening session of the conference.

The closing session will feature President Vojislav Kostunica of Yugoslavia and Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the Secretary - General in Afghanistan. Other speakers include United Nations and government officials, NGO representatives and civil society leaders who have first - hand field experience in post - conflict societies and are in the forefront of the struggle to maintain peace and rebuild the society.

To appreciate the efforts and resources needed to restore a sense of normality to societies emerging from conflict, the conference will also hear from citizens who have lived through the violence faced by these communities, as well as from cultural leaders, journalists, academics and other professionals whose work has focused on understanding the process of recovery and reconciliation.

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