Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left the country today (13th) to participate as a special invited guest in the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.
The President is attending the UN Assembly on an invitation from Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The fourth UN Environment Assembly id being held in Nairobi from 11-15 March under the theme "Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production."
The high level meeting will commence tomorrow and President Maithripala Sirisena will address the summit and deliver a special speech tomorrow.
The UN Environment Assembly is bringing together over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials & civil society representatives to take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path.
Prominent world leaders will attend, including the Presidents of France and Kenya, Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta, and CEOs from major corporations.
This year's conference will focus on innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. Among the areas of focus are tackling the environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss; introducing life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; and ensuring sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.
During his four-day official visit to Kenya, President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Sri Lanka and Kenya enjoy friendly bilateral relations with the establishment of official diplomatic relations in 1970.
Although Kenya is not a specific trading partner of Sri Lanka, both countries are interested in exploring the unused economic potentials for mutual benefit.
At present skilled Sri Lankan migrant workers are employed in Kenya mainly in apparel, horticulture, hydroelectricity and automobiles sectors.