Srilankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to get Bolivia democracy award …

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Bolivia is to recognize President Mahinda Rajapaksa for for his contribution to peace and democracy, the newspaper in Bolivia reported.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be in Bolivia to participate at the Group of 77 summit which will be attended by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon.

The newspaper report said that Bolivian President Evo Morales will present the “Parliamentary Order of Merit” to the UN Chief and President Rajapaksa.

The awards recognize people or institutions that stand out and present relevant services to freedom and democratic institutions.

The Summit will take place on June 14 – 15 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra under the theme “For a New World Order for Living Well.”

A large number of leaders and high level delegations from member countries are expected to attend the Summit.

The current Chairman and the President of Bolivia Evo Morales, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. General Assembly President John W. Ash are among them.

President Rajapaksa is the first Sri Lankan Head of State to visit the South American country. The Group of 77, popularly known as G77, is a coalition of developing nations designed to promote its members’ collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development.

The Group of 77 was founded on June 15, 1964, by the “Joint Declaration of Seventy-Seven Developing Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. It is also the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations.

The number of founding members of the Group was 77 countries, but by November 2013, the organization’s member states rose to 133. Sri Lanka is among the founding members. The Chairmanship, which is the highest political body of the Group of 77, rotates on a regional basis between Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and is held for one year. Bolivia holds the presidency for 2014.

President Rajapaksa will address the Summit on Sunday (June 15). The President also is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with several state leaders from other countries attending the Summit.

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