COLOMBO (NewsRadio); President Ranil Wickremesinghe says developing countries will be compelled to lock-horns with G20 nations heading into the next Global Summit on Climate Change, since major economies have not fulfilled their commitments in reducing carbon emission and funding for climate issues.
President Wickremesinghe making a special statement in Parliament today said despite commitments made on carbon emission reductions, major economies have failed to meet their targets since COP26 summit.
The President said at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, a new global agreement was reached on carbon emission.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that world leaders pledged further cuts to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) which will help keep temperature rises within 1.5C – which scientists say is required to prevent a “climate catastrophe”.
The President noted that major economies also pledged to provide USD100 billion to address climate issues.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said however such pledges have not been honored in the past year.
The President said there was a massive setback on commitments and achievements made since COP26.
President Wickremesinghe said based on the statement made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, it is evident that the situation will deteriorate further unless concrete measures are not taken to address climate concerns.
The President said the Prime Minister of Pakistan during the COP27 address highlighted the issues that South Asian countries including Sri Lanka may have to face due to the melting of the Himalaya Mountain.
President Wickremesinghe noted that major economies have not drawn close attention to the issues the developing world is facing due to the rise in sea levels and other climate issues.
The President stressed that Sri Lanka and other like-minded countries must challenge G20 nations to honor their promises on climate issues.
The Head of State said if major economies fail to agree and reduce emission, developing world must challenge them at the COP28 summit.
The President stressed that they will have to align with various parties to safeguard Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s interests.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said the right to live is the most basic right and therefore he will work towards ensuring the rights of Sri Lankans are protested.