UN stresses need for fostering climate resilient livelihoods in Sr Lanka


UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer

By Ifham Nizam

The United Nations was working with the Sri Lankan government to explore the potential of renewable energy, looking at ways that energy and other resources were used more efficiently in production and consumption and supporting the modernization of the environmental management systems, a UN top official said yesterday.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer, who was a Speaker at the AIESEC Youth Speak Forum "Transforming Youth, Transforming Sri Lanka" yesterday, said that the UN was working with Sri Lankans to protect the biodiversity that the country had been blessed with.

"An important part of our work and the work for Sri Lankans is fostering climate resilient livelihoods, to ensure that future opportunities are safeguarded," she said.

In tackling climate change, Singer said that it was important to keep in mind that investments in development and climate resilience went hand in hand. More governments, cities and businesses than ever understood that "climate solutions strengthen our economies and protect our environment at the same time."

Singer said: "As we call on governments and businesses to make the large-scale changes needed to mitigate the risks of climate change, we must also be aware of the impact our everyday actions have on our environment."

Speaking on ongoing conversation on the use of single use plastics, the UN Resident Coordinator said that all knew that plastic pollution in the ocean was detrimental to marine wildlife, to the planet and to humans. "Our everyday consumption and the demand we create by using plastics, contributes to this harm and degradation.

"Again, I know that Sri Lankans are making strides towards more responsible production and consumption, for example in the apparel industry. Last month when I attended Colombo Fashion Week, I was glad to see the number of ethically produced and sustainable brands that were being showcased.  As one of Sri Lanka’s highest export revenue earners, it was encouraging to see that the garment industry was doing its part."

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