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President to unveil three distinct proposals at UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai

Colombo (LNW): President Ranil Wickramasinghe is set to introduce three groundbreaking proposals at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 28, scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

The primary proposal involves the establishment of the International Climate Change University (ICCU) in Sri Lanka, a move aimed at fostering global collaboration in addressing climate change challenges.

In addition to the ICCU initiative, President Ranil Wickramasinghe will advocate for the creation of a Climate Justice Forum. This forum is intended to address the concerns of vulnerable and developing nations adversely affected by the actions of developed countries.

Furthermore, another proposal seeks to establish a Tropical Belt Forum specifically dedicated to addressing issues related to tropical rainforests.

The COP 28 conference, featuring leaders from 54 states, will be hosted in Dubai, where extensive discussions on climate change and debt stabilisation are planned.

The high-level segment for the delivery of national statements by Heads of State and Government is scheduled to occur during the World Climate Action Summit on December 1 and 2.

Amidst the participants, 20 young Sri Lankans sponsored by various non-governmental organizations will actively engage in the COP 28 conference and related forums.

Heading the 15-member government delegation is President Ranil Wickramasinghe, accompanied by key figures such as Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera, Environment Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, Environment Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardena, and Director of International Affairs to the President Dinouk Colombage.

Additionally, a private sector contingent, motivated by the ‘Aragalaya’ (struggle) Movement, will independently participate in the conference, emphasising the movement’s call to provide international exposure to young individuals passionate about combating climate change.

According to Ruwan Wijewardena, the President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, this initiative reflects a broader commitment to empowering the youth and fostering a global perspective on environmental challenges.

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