The First Committee of the United Nations which deals with matters relating to disarmament and international security appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohan Pieris as its Chair by acclamation on 29 September 2022.
The work of the United Nations is primarily carried out by six (6) Main Committees. The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. The Committee works in close co-operation with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament.
The First Committee of the United Nations will begin its substantive work on 03 October 2022.
Ambassador Pieris was appointed Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in January 2021. He is the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and prior to that held the position of Attorney General of Sri Lanka. Ambassador Pieris has extensive experience working with and within the United Nations, including on the UN Human Rights Council and on disarmament issues. He is the current Chairperson of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.