The former U.N. Under Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs Jayantha Dhanapala will speak at the second annual Future Leaders’ Conference Aug. 12.
Dhanapala is the head of the Board of Trustees of Sri Lanka Unites (SLU) and has been an important advisor and mentor for the organization since its inception.
“The emergence of an organization such as Sri Lanka Unites, which promises to restore the ‘youth voice’ in advocating conflict-transformation, is truly admirable,” Dhanapala said. “I am pleased to be closely associated with Sri Lanka Unites, a youth movement intent on promoting nationwide hope and reconciliation. The youth present a viable solution for Sri Lanka’s future. Young people should be encouraged to take the lead in championing the cause of reconciliation in our communities, and I am glad that Sri Lanka Unites has taken on this challenge.”
The one-time candidate for the post of U.N. Secretary-General, Dhanapala will speak to the hundreds of youth attending the conference on the second day of the five-day event.