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* Colombo Development Dialogues on Green Development kick starts today
Tue, Oct 12, 2021, 06:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 12, Colombo: The Ministry of Environment together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, and other co-convening partners commenced the Colombo Development Dialogues on Green Development today.

Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment and Chair of the Presidential Task Force on ‘Creating a Green Sri Lanka with Sustainable Solutions to Climate Change’, Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Secretary-General to the UN, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP, Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment, Business Development and Underutilized State Resources Development, Denis Chaibi, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, and Robert Juhkam, Resident Representative, UNDP in Sri Lanka joined the dialogue.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with R.M.P Rathnayake, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance; Ms. Chamindry Saparamadu, Director General, Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lanka; Dilhan Fernando, CEO, Dilmah Tea, Chairman, UN Global Compact Network Sri Lanka, Chair & Initiating Partner, Biodiversity Sri Lanka; and Prof. Hemanthi Ranasinghe, Senior Professor in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Taking place as a series of four high-level dialogues to support the policy positioning of Green Development in Sri Lanka, the dialogues will take place from 12 October 2021 to 22 October 2021 via Zoom with simultaneous interpretations in Sinhala and Tamil available.

With over 1500 registrants, 23 partners, and close to 40 speakers joining from 10 countries across 4 days – the event series is set to be one of Sri Lanka’s largest conversations on Green Development.


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