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Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Past President FIGO (‘12-‘15), RCOG (’07-’10), BMA (’13-’14)

SLCOG Golden Jubilee Congress 2017 in Association with FIGO, AOFOG and SAFOG
Golden Jubilee of the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Dear Professor Deepal Weerasekera, President SLCOG, oficers, executive board members, colleagues and friends,

It gives me great pleasure to give a message on the occasion of the Golden jubilee celebration of the Sri Lankan College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SLCOG). The theme of the conference “Improving Women’s Health; Past Experience – Tomorrow’s Agenda” is a very fitting after reviewing what has been achieved by Sri Lanka to improvewomen’s health over the last 50 years – one of lowest maternal mortality in the region. The SLCOG should be proud of its achievements but it wants to keep on advancing women’s health in line with “Agenda 2030: Transforming our World”, the consensus of the World Community that introduced 17 SDGs. In addition to medical advances requested by SDG3, SLCOG also want to tackle SDG 5 embodied earlier in 1995 in the Beijing World Conference on Women with the slogan “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Set it up for Gender Equality”. These human aspirations of ‘The Agenda 2030; Transforming our world’ and ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030’will not happen without the contribution of Professional organisations. Hence the SLCOG has enlisted the intellectual talent of the International (FIGO) and regional federations(AOFOG, SAFOG, EBCOG) and the Royal Colleges of the UK & Australia and New Zealand, the American College and the Malaysian Society. This would help the global O&G community to share their experience. This meeting would be a scientific feast. No doubt this would be matched by the splendid Sri Lankan hospitality. I am confident that women globally will continue to benefit from the successful activities that arise from this meeting. We will leave the meeting with a resolution that the Global goal of Agenda 2030 with the SDGs and the mission ‘Planet 50-50’ that was promised in Beijing 22 years ago would be a reality if we all work together.

Yours sincerely,
Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
Past President FIGO (‘12-‘15), RCOG (’07-’10), BMA (’13-’14)