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
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
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