|Saturday, 19 July 2003|
A recent photograph of Liyanage Henry Horace Perera, the well known Sri Lankan historian and teacher was unveiled in the International Office of WFUNA - The World Federation of United Nations Associations, located in the palace of the Nations in Geneva - European Headquarters of the United Nations, states Kumaran Fernando, Secretary General of United Nations Association of Sri Lanka in a press release.
The unveiling of his photograph was to mark the completion of 41 years of service in October last year, rendered to the WFUNA by this international NGO diplomat. The honours were performed by Lady Rhyl Jansen of New Zealand, the new President of the WFUNA, and constitutes a signal honour for Sri Lanka, to Perera and to the UNASL.
The ceremony was followed by a complimentary lunch to Mr. & Mrs Perera by the WFUNA President at which a large number of Ambassadors accredited to the United Nations European Office, representatives of the UN Specialised Agencies and the WFUNA office staff were present.
Mr. Perera who lives in Geneva, is still active as an honourary advisor to the WFUNA International Office and visits the office at least once a week. He has served two terms as Secretary-General of the WFUNA, the first being from 1966 - 1976 and the second being from 1996 - 1998, in addition to being the Treasurer. Just before stepping down in 1976, he was bestowed the title of Honourary Life President by the United Nations Association in Sri Lanka which has been the national affiliate of the WFUNA since 1951 and is the second oldest UNA in the Asia-Pacific Region and the most active after India and China.
The WFUNA itself made him an Honourary Life President followed by the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations.
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