COLOMBO (NewsRadio); President Ranil Wickremesinghe who attended the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, has returned to the island this morning.
The Sri Lankan delegation left for Egypt on Sunday. During the visit, President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the COP27 summit on Tuesday.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the COP27 Climate Change Conference said that unbridled industrialization of the developed countries is the root cause of climate change, leaving the poor to suffer the consequences.
The President said that the problems facing poor countries are augmented due to the absence of adequate funding.
As a result, these countries are facing double jeopardy – struggling to develop economically while fighting to protect the living standards of their populations.
Therefore, President Wickremesinghe said that the developed countries must deliver on their pledge in Glasgow – by doubling their funding to compensate the developing countries for loss and damage.
Accordingly, the President said that as proposed by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, commissioning a Special Report on this aspect to strengthen international awareness for future responses would be appropriate.
President Wickremesinghe thus proposed that before COP28 in Dubai, like-minded nations should meet at Ministerial Level to discuss the way forward on all aspects of climate finance.
Meanwhile, President Ranil Wickremesinghe requested UN Secretary-General António Guterres to convene a meeting of Agriculture Ministers of all countries to assess the food needs for the next two years.
President Wickremesinghe made a request from UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in his capacity as the head of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to convene a global meeting and submit a report to ensure food security.
During the visit, President Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, World Bank Group President David Malpass, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and several heads of governments.
During the discussions, according to the President’s Media Division, all global lending organizations and heads of government pledged to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to revive the economy.