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The Sri Lankan Delegation at the United Nations Environment Assembly highlights the concept "Blue Green Enterprise Sri Lanka"

The 3rd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly which was held from the 4th to the 6th of this month, unanimously approved two important resolutions that called upon the global community to reduce toxic pollution sources that impact negatively on the environment and human health. The Sri Lankan delegation led by Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Mahaweli Development, Anura Dissanayake, made several important interventions during the UN Assembly Sessions and joined its “Clean Seas Campaign,” alongside Chile, Oman and South Africa.

The Assembly’s Scientific Division commended Sri Lanka for taking effective measures in reducing vehicle emissions and in improving air quality in urban areas. Mr. Dissanayake delivering the Country Statement, stated that, given Sri Lanka is a biodiversity hotspot,

it embarked on an ambitious effort to add 200,000 hectares of new green cover and achieve Land Degradation Neutrality by 2024. He also added that, the air quality of Sri Lanka improved with the use of lead-free gasoline since 2002. At the Assembly Sessions, Sri Lanka co-sponsored resolutions on Environment and Health as well as Marine Litter and Micro-plastics.