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HE Dr Chris Nonis with Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his work in welfare economics and has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indices of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries. Dr Chris Nonis and Professor Amartya Sen also both sit on the International Advisory Council of Asia House, a leading centre for expertise on Asia in London.
HE Dr Chris Nonis meets HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
HE Dr Chris Nonis with HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan during his visit to London. In Jordan, HRH Prince El Hassan established the Royal Scientific Society, the Arab Thought Forum, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. He is also Chair of one of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Boards, and President of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD). A pluralist, believing in consensus and respect for the other, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, articulated his ideals of societies in which all peoples can live, work and function in freedom and with dignity, and emphasized opportunities for global partnership towards these aims.
Opening Ceremony of Buddhist Meditation Centre in London
The Sri Lankan Cricket team with Dr.Chris Nonis, High Commissioner, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, and Commonwealth High Commissioners at the Commonwealth Cricket Reception in London

Cricket is a strong unifier amongst all communities, Dr Chris Nonis said, as he warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan Cricket team to a Commonwealth Cricket Reception at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. He congratulated the team for their perseverance and dedication and that it was a great tribute to Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma and High Commissioners from Commonwealth Countries; Rt Hon Lord Naseby, Damian Collins M.P., David Campbell-Bannerman M.E.P., David Morris, M.P., .....


Sri Lanka on Friday livened up the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as the country was symbolically partnered for the market opening at 8 a.m. The move by the LSE was to mark the highly-successful Investor Forum in London, in which it was also involved.

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in UK Dr. Chris Nonis, LSE CEO Alexander Justham, CSE Chairman Krishan Belandra, Director and incoming Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka, CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike, SEC Commissioners Zuraish Hashim and Lolitha Abeysinghe and MIT Sri Lankan executives and Sri Lanka H.....

The panelists for this interactive event were, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Dr. Chris Nonis, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa who is the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Krishan Balendra the Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange.

In order to showcase the opportunities available in the capitalmarket of Sri Lanka the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) held an Investor Forum at the Savoy Hotel London last Friday and a panel discussion too was followed.

p style="margin: 0px; text-align: justify;">This was organized in association with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Bloomberg received an unprecedented response. Over 150 fund managers attended the forum.


Vesak Celebration and Almsgiving at the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom organized an almsgiving for twenty Venerable members of the Maha Sanga representing the Buddhist temples in the UK, on Wednesday 14th May, with the participation of the Sri Lankan community, as part of its Vesak Celebrations, and also to invoke blessings on H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commission premises were colourfully adorned with Vesak lanterns, Buddhist flags and decorations.

Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain & .....

H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis with His Excellency Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met the Prime Minister of Pakistan, HE Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to London. Dr Nonis articulated the strong and longstanding friendship and cooperation that exists between the two countries, and the value of the comprehensive bilateral Free Trade Agreement. HE Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirming his strong bond of friendship, spoke about his meeting with HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013, chaired by President Rajapaksa.
L to R: Rt Hon Lord Sheikh, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis, Ian Paisley M.P., Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Worshipful Mayor Frances Stainton, James Wharton MP, David Morris, MP.

Dr Chris Nonis , Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, hosted a gathering in London in honour of Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

The Hon Speaker, who is the immediate Past President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association(CPA), was in the UK to attend the meeting of the Executive Committee of the CPA.


‘Your crude journalism exposes both Callum and yourcalumny”, said the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the UK, Dr Chris Nonis,responding to the latest Channel 4 video timed to coincide with UNHRC sessionsin Geneva, and purporting to be about rights abuses by Sri Lankan forces.

His reference was to Callum Macrae the producer ofthe so called Channel 4 documentary series on alleged abuses by Sri Lankanforces during the 2009 assault on the LTTE.


Unity is Strength
66th Anniversary of Sri Lanka's Independence
In his address on Sri Lanka's Independence Day, High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis emphasised that the wealth of the country was in the diversity of its people of varying backgrounds, ethnicities and religions.

He said it was imperative to make optimum use of that diversity and build a strong and unified Sri Lanka which would then be able to resist those external forces that seek to divide rather than unify Sri Lanka.

Dr Nonis was speaking to a large gathering of the British polity including parliamentarians from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, heads of diplomatic missions, members of the Commonwealth Secretariat  including it.....

Dr. Chris Nonis, Speaks to CNN

On the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Britain Dr. Chris Nonis spoke to CNN’s Fred Pleitgen for the“Amanpour” show. He blamed criticism of his country’s human rights record on a proxy propaganda war being carried out by those who funded terrorists for 28years

Q: Excellency, thank you for joining the program tonight. The first question is obviously, are you surprised at the amount of criticism of you country holding this Commonwealth Summit that we are hearing internationally?

 I think that what you have to under.....

British Prime Minister Cameron will attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka - Dr Chris Nonis
British Prime Minister David Cameron with Dr.Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High commissioner to the UK

British Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron, and Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague, will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK confirmed. The Commonwealth biennial meeting in November this year, will be preceded by the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the Commonwealth Youth Forum, and the Commonwealth Business Forum, and usually attracts several thousand delegates, and global media coverage. It will provide the opportunity for the 54 Heads to meet to discuss matters of global and Commonwealth concern, and agree collective policies and initiatives.


HRH Prince Charles confirmed to attend The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 in Sri Lanka
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with Dr. Chris Nonis at the CHOGM 2007, Kampala, Uganda

The Royal Household today confirmed that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Heir to the Throne, will represent Her Majesty the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka this November. HRH Prince Charles has previously represented The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth in the past, including at the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Her Majesty celebrated her 87th Birthday this April, and unfortunately had to cancel her attendance at the Commonwealth Day celebration in March this year at London’s Westminster Abbey after many years, due to Her Majesty being indisposed, and having been recently hospitalised.

Dr. Chris Nonis at the BBC World News
Sri Lanka's post-conflict measures at reconciliation, rehabilitation, reintegration, and reconstruction were highlighted by High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis during an interview on BBC World News today.

Asked by BBC presenter Mishal Husain what positive developments have occurred in the last four years since the end of the 26 year conflict, Dr Nonis said 297,000 people rescued from the clutches of the LTTE have been rehabilitated, in perhaps the largest hostage rescue operation in global history.

“After a 28 year bitter and internecine conflict with the terrorists we finally achieved peace in the country under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is a billion dollar programme going into the North and East, Negenahira Navodaya, and Uthura Vas.....
Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis & The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG, CH Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner for the U.K., H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis has been appointed to the Commonwealth Advisory Panel of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Trust. The establishment of the Trust was announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia in 2011, but was launched officially on 6th February 2012 – the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession. Former British Prime Minister the Rt Hon Sir John Major is Chairman of its Board of Trustees, which includes the Commonwealth Secretary General. The Commonwealth Advisory Panel consists of five High Commissioners chosen from the 54 Commonwealth High Commissioners.

Her Majesty the Queen is Head of the Commonwealth of two billion people, in fifty-four nations over five C.....

British Parliamentary Group finds military presence in Northern Sri Lanka less than portrayed
A British - Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group that has just completed a seven-day fact-finding visit to Sri Lank has found that the military presence in the North was substantially less than what has been often portrayed.

A member of the British House of Lords and Vice Chairman of the British - Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group, Lord Rogan of Lower Lveagh has expressed this view on military presence during a meeting with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees Friday.

"During my visit to all parts of the country, North, East, South, and West I was able to speak freely and openly with ministers, government officials, religious leaders, and most importantly ordinary citizens from all sections and walks of life. What struck me particularly was.....
The Commonwealth Business Forum launched in London in preparation for the CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka
L to R: Mr. Chaminda Kularatne, Minister Counsellor - Sri Lanka High Commission, HH Prince Mohsin Ali Khan, Mr. Peter Calleghan, Director General - Commonwealth Business Council, Mayoress Frances Stainton, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to London, The Lord Dholakia, Baroness Greengross, Lord Loomba, Euan Blair and HRH Princess Katrina

His Excellency the High Commissioner, Dr. Chris Nonis held a launch event at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to promote the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in Colombo from the 12 - 14 November 2013, leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013.

Dr Nonis said that Sri Lanka is a microcosm of the Contemporary Commonwealth, and was one of the 8 founder member Nations of the modern Commonwealth. Sri Lanka achieved peace in the country under the leadership of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka is a wonderful opportunity for all Heads, Foreign Ministers and their delegations, and t.....

“We are enormously proud of you”, H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, welcomes the Sri Lankan cricket team
Sri Lanka Cricket Team with Dr. Chris Nonis
“We are enormously proud of you. We admire you not only for what you do for Sri Lankan cricket, but also for all of us in Sri Lanka,” the High Commissioner said as he warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan Cricket team.

The team participating in the ICC Championship Trophy 2013 was felicitated at a reception at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. Captain of the team, Anjelo Mathews, and Manager of the team, Michael de Zoysa also addressed the gathering. High Commissioners of several Commonwealth countries, cricket enthusiasts, and Members of Parliament were present to felicitate the team in the true spirit of the Commonwealth.

The High Commissioner said that cricket players are an inspiration to the youth of the country. He added that although ‘cricket’ is .....
British Airways resuming flights after 15 years sends a strong message of confidence in Sri Lanka – Dr. Chris Nonis
H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis , High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to the UK with Mr. Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer of British Airways, at the Sri Lanka High Commission.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis said that the fact that British Airways, the UK’s National carrier and third largest airline in Europe, has taken the decision to resume flights to Sri Lanka is an excellent index of their substantial confidence in Sri Lanka and its future growth potential.

British Airways suspended its flights to Sri Lanka in the late 1990’s due to security reasons and resumes flights to Sri Lanka after a fifteen year absence in the island, and is represented by the Hayleys Group, one of the largest diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka. The country offers a wealth of culture, history, heritage, and rich diversity of experiences from pristine beaches and stunning landscapes to wildlife and adventure, all within a compact location, .....

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Commonwealth Business Forum launched in London ahead of CHOGM in Colombo
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception for the Commonwealth High Commissioners prior to CHOGM 2013 BBC World News Global interview with H E Dr Chris Nonis,Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK
Dr Chris Nonis, wins "Diplomat of the Year" for Asia, at London Diplomatic Awards BBC World News Interviews Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK
Dr Chris Nonis Talks about Commonwealth Business Forum