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United States and Sri Lanka agree on a collaborative climate initiative

By: Staff Writer

Colombo (LNW): The United States is highly impressed by Sri Lanka’s efforts and commitment to combating climate change through innovative initiatives.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a crucial conversation yesterday (04) with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Change, John Kerry, emphasizing Sri Lanka’s commitment to combating climate change through innovative initiatives, official source said.

In the discussion, President Wickremesinghe outlined the Government’s ambitious proposals, prominently featuring the establishment of a Climate Change University.

The President shed light on the comprehensive plan designed to address climate challenges and foster sustainable solutions.

A major focal point of the conversation was the critical issue of raising the necessary funds to effectively tackle climate change, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

President Wickremesinghe stressed the imperative of private sector involvement to augment financial resources for climate-related projects.

President Wickremesinghe extended an invitation to Mr. Kerry, urging him to visit Sri Lanka and witness first-hand the on-going efforts and initiatives being undertaken by the country in its commitment to combat climate change, a s enior official said..

Meanwhile Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates noted that his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is committed to support Sri Lanka in building a robust and climate-resilient nation, he added.

In a significant development at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a strategic meeting with Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) today (03), the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

The discussions revolved around collaborative efforts to address global challenges and enhance Sri Lanka’s pivotal role in the world’s tropical belt.

During the meeting, the Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder expressed the commitment of the BMGF to support Sri Lanka in building a robust and climate-resilient nation, the statement said.

The Foundation, which is already involved in initiatives in Sri Lanka, pledged to deepen its engagement with the country. Specific areas of focus include agriculture modernization and the establishment of data systems for agriculture.

The collaboration also aims to strengthen Digital Public Infrastructure and enhance Sri Lanka’s expertise in climate and adaptation.

President Wickremesinghe highlighted Sri Lanka’s green initiatives presented at COP28, seeking the support of the BMGF in advancing these sustainable projects.

The President emphasized the need for collective action to address pressing environmental issues and underscored Sri Lanka’s willingness to play a constructive role in the global effort.

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