Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka
Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981 and held assignments in Geneva, Riyadh, Washington, New Delhi and New York. Immediately before, he was the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America, and prior to that, he was the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India, concurrently accredited to Bhutan and Afghanistan. He previously served as the Deputy High Commissioner in India as well. His other assignments include, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, concurrently accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican, and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and concurrently accredited to Jamaica, The Bahamas, Chile and Colombia.
He is a member of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families since 2004 and has chaired this Committee as well. He was a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Small Arms and the UN Group of Governmental Experts on the Relationship between Disarmament and Development. He chaired the UN Conference to Review Progress in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects held in New York. He was a Vice Chairperson of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, a Vice President of the 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations, as well as the Vice Chair of 59th Session of the United Nations (UN) Commission for Human Rights (CHR).