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Sri Lanka to sign Paris Agreement to minimize global warming

Sri Lanka to sign Paris Agreement to minimize global warming

Contributing to the world's efforts to minimize global warming, Sri Lanka, with the help of community organizations, will launch a program to set up 10,000 environment friendly villages throughout the country by 2020.

Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to minimize the emi

Addressing an Environment Conference held in Ratnapura Thursday (March 17), Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that according to the decisions taken at the Paris conference an environmental charter has been prepared and the world leaders who participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference last year will meet again in New York to sign that charter. An invitation in this regard has been extended to Sri Lanka by the UN, he added.

In accordance with implementing the proposal to minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses Sri Lankan will launch 10,000 "Green Smart Villages" environment friendly villages throughout the country in collaboration with community organizations to implement the Green Environmental Beautiful Sri Lanka" program during the five-year period from 2016 to 2020.

Sri Lanka at the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention held in the French capital of Paris on Environmental disaster (UNFCCC) from 30th November 2015 till 11th December agreed to contribute to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

At the UNFCCC meeting in Paris 180 countries agreed to take all possible measures to maintain the global warmth level at least at 1.5 degree Celsius and to prevent it increasing beyond 2 degree Celsius by the year 2100.

The global warming is on the increase due to excessive burning of the fossil fuel, industrialization, urbanization, denuding of forests cover, and environmental pollution. It has been forecast that the global warmth will increase by about 4 degree Celsius by the end of this century.

The Paris agreement will come into effect in 2020, empowering all countries to act to prevent average global temperatures rising above 2 degrees Celsius and to reap the many opportunities that arise from a necessary global transformation to clean and sustainable development.

The environmental disasters that would take place due to the increase of global warmth would also adversely affect Sri Lanka, a country highly vulnerable to climate change.

Courtesy : Department of Government Information

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