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SL appoints steering committee ahead of November confab

Daily News logo Daily News 27/09/2022 Daily News (via HT Media Ltd.)

From left: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Malin Herwig, UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative Christian Skoog, Environment Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Environment Minister Hafiz Naseer Ahamed, Egyptian Ambassador Maged Mosleh and British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton, at the meeting yesterday.

Sri Lanka is to appoint a steering committee to make arrangements for participation in the forthcoming 27th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP27) to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) scheduled to be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 7 to 18.

The decision was taken at a meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of Environment Minister Hafiz Naseer Ahamed, at his Ministry.

The other participants at the meeting were Environment Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe, UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative Christian Skoog, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Malin Herwig, Egyptian Ambassador Maged Mosleh and British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton, whose country is the current chair of the conference.

Speaking to the Daily News following the meeting, Minister Ahamed said that Sri Lanka has decided to participate in this conference in a big way since it has rich experience in green cultivation and it is also a country blessed with natural vegetation. Therefore, a steering committee will be appointed to work out the details of arrangements for participation.

“The committee will comprise members from all sectors and people from all walks of life,” the Minister added. “We will launch an awareness programme at a countrywide level to tell the people of the significance of the conference.”

Ambassador Mosleh said his country is ready to host any number of guests from all sectors who can make useful contributions to the success of the meeting.

Ahead of the conference in Sharm El Sheikh in November, the Adaptation Committee has approved key resources that can help guide governments in assessing their needs and communicating their actions to build resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Such impacts include ever more frequent and severe storms, droughts and floods.

The Adaptation Committee (AC) is the global voice on adaptation to climate change, working to drive coherent UNFCCC action on adaptation worldwide by providing expert guidance, improving outreach, and supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Mariam Allam, the committee’s Co-Chair, said: “We have to act on adaptation now. We have to scale up and we have to move beyond the incremental approaches of adaptation to transformational approaches.”

“Reducing risk and impact from climate-related hazards in a systemwide way can only be accomplished by enhanced and coordinated adaptation action. Taking a transformational approach to adaptation includes involving all of society. To aid this response, the AC offers knowledge products that guide parties to enhance their adaptation planning and implementation in a holistic and multi-sectoral way,” she said.

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