The UK will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in November 2021. With less than a year to go, the British High Commission in Colombo hosted a virtual conference on 9 December to introduce COP26 to Sri Lanka. The UK and partners from Sri Lanka, France, Italy and the UN set out their climate, COP and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ambitions. As the incoming COP Presidency, the UK is leading by example and raising global ambition to tackle climate change. On 12 December, the UK set out its own ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions at an international Climate Ambition Summit, highlighting the UK’s climate related targets, policies and measures towards global climate action. Sri Lanka is rich in biodiversity but vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, such as temperature rise, rainfall variability and sea level rise. The UK recognizes Sri Lanka’s climate leadership through its work to promote nature-based solutions to protect, restore and manage ecosystems and biodiversity in a way that also benefits livelihoods. The UK also welcomes President Rajapaksa’s recent climate commitments, which include a move to generate 80% of all power through renewable energy by 2030, banning single-use plastic by 2021, and its work on the ‘Colombo Declaration’, which aims to halve Nitrogen waste by 2030. The British High Commission is supporting Sri Lankan environmental organizations through initiatives such as the Commonwealth Blue Charter and Darwin Fund, to reduce plastic pollution and preserve Sri Lanka’s unique environmental heritage, including mangroves, wetlands and wildlife.
- Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government is working towards developing the local products.
- It is stressed that parents should pay special attention to protect their babies from the pandemic during this period.