Sanath made SAARC Goodwill Ambassador

Sri Lanka’s star batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and actress Shabana Azmi were selected as SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors for the programme ‘Uniting for HIV AIDS’ by the selection committee at a meeting held at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu recently.


This prestigious honorary title is for a period of two years and the Goodwill Ambassadors are expected to travel to all SAARC member States, the Foreign Ministry said. The overall goal of the Goodwill Ambassador is to garner enhanced response to the fight against HIV/AIDS within the Member States through advocacy and public mobilization efforts at the regional level.  The Twelfth SAARC Summit (Islamabad, January 2004) directed that a Regional Strategy on HIV/ AIDS should be formulated through a consultative process and in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). India nominated Ms. Shabana Azmi and Mr. Baiching Bhutia . Nepal nominated Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha and Mr. Hari Bamsha Acharya. Pakistan nominated Mr. Jehangir Khan. Sri Lanka nominated Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya. Meeting of the selection Committee to select a SAARC Goodwill Ambassador, which comprised of three assessors representing the last, current and next Chair of SAARC, was held at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu on  April 29, 2008.

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