Lanka to become a leader in eco-civilization

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Global Climate Change Summit (COP 21) in Paris, said Sri Lanka intended to emerge as a leader in eco-civilization.

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Global Climate Change Summit (COP 21) in Paris, said Sri Lanka intended to emerge as a leader in eco-civilization.

"To want to achieve this by protecting nature, by limiting the use of natural resources to be within the sustainable economical capacity of the country and by respecting critical social and environmental limits when striving for economic prosperity," he said.

"We will also build the resilience of vulnerable communities in the country by encouraging climate change mitigation through implementation of adaptation measures," he added.

President Sirisena stressed that reaching a climate change agreement in Paris is of utmost importance.

"It should be in line with the UN Convention on Climate Change, its principles and provisions. It should not hinder sustainable development agenda of developing countries. It should focus on building resilience and include strong accountability and assessment measures that are transparent.

"It should enhance the provision of financing, technology development, and transfer and capacity building by developed countries to developing countries," the Sri Lankan President said.

He also said, "we must seize this unique opportunity in Paris to create a turning point by recognising our universal responsibility to protect and safeguard our fragile planet for the benefit of all living beings."

"As I salute the people of this city for their resilience, I am heartened by the unity of purpose with which we meet here today. We meed in peace and harmony and with compassion, to discuss and decide on ways to secure our only common home, this fragile planet that we call earth, for our future generations," the Sri Lankan President said.

The President said domestically Sri Lanka had developed a National Climate Change Policy and prepared a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

"To implement these strategies, Sri Lanka's requirements could be approximated at around 500 million US dollars. We hope that there will be a common commitment to increase finance above 100 billion US dollars as agreed in Copenhagen in 2009," he added.

He also added that the country had already embarked on the task of moving away from Fossil-based fuel energy towards renewable energy.

At the commencement of the event, the President was received by French President Francois Hollande and United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon when he arrived at the Le Bourget International Conference Hall.

The Conference commenced with the opening announcement of President Hollande and it was followed by the speech delivered by the UN Secretary General.

After the opening ceremony, an official photograph of the leaders was taken. Following that President Hollande hosted a luncheon for the Heads of States and Foreign Ministers. President Sirisena was the third speaker in the afternoon session.

 

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