World Environment Day Message of the President


As a nation, we find ourselves increasingly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, a consequence of ongoing environmental degradation. It is indisputable that failure to mitigate this phenomenon will propel our ecosystem toward irreversible destruction, imperiling the very existence of humanity.

In light of this, it is imperative that we, as responsible citizens, recognize the urgency of environmental stewardship and remain steadfast in our commitment to combatting climate change.

The government is presently engaged in rigorous efforts to establish requisite legislative frameworks and institutional mechanisms to address this pressing issue. Anticipated initiatives include the enactment of comprehensive environmental and climate change legislation.

Furthermore, the government's economic policy formulation endeavours extend beyond mere pursuit of competitiveness in global markets. A paramount objective is the transition to a sustainable green economy, with a target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This strategic shift is envisioned to be facilitated by forthcoming legislation such as the Climate Change Act and the Living Entities Act, which will incorporate vital ecosystems such as Sinharaja, Horton Plains, Knuckles, and Mahaweli into planning initiatives for the green economy.

The intention to introduce a new Forest Act encompassing forestry is commendable, and I eagerly anticipate the formulation of numerous draft laws, notably one aimed at safeguarding the Muturajawela region, along with legislation designed to protect scenic areas across the country. It is imperative that these initiatives are swiftly implemented.

I firmly believe that through these efforts, Sri Lanka can not only achieve developed status but also become an environmentally sustainable nation, mitigating the impacts of climate change and ensuring a high standard of living for our people. On the occasion of this year's World Environment Day, themed "Effective Land Use for a Healthy World," I extend my heartfelt best wishes for the celebrations.


Ranil Wickremesinghe
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
04th June 2024


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2024 06:05




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