WATCH: President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s address to the UN General Assembly

September 21, 2023 at 10:21 PM

Addressing the UN General Assembly in NY President Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged to lead Sri Lanka towards sustainable growth, ensuring peace and prosperity for all, with the support of both the nation and the international community.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe told the UNGA that currently, there’s a stark contrast with the 2030 promise, as poverty & hunger levels are at multi-decade highs. Neutral nations like Sri Lanka in the global South find themselves caught between shifting global power dynamics.

The President said at the UNGA that crises like climate change & pandemics are hampering smaller indebted countries like Sri Lanka from advancing SDGs & climate efforts. Global power conflicts are adding economic uncertainty, disrupting supply chains & causing inflation, food, and energy insecurity worldwide.

President Wickremesinghe pledged before the UNGA that Sri Lanka is committed to climate action. At COP27, they unveiled the Climate Ambition Plan, aiming for 70% renewable energy in electricity by 2030, a 32% increase in forest cover, a 14.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. They plan to eliminate coal by 2040 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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