Developing nations, including Sri Lanka, struggle with sustainable goals: Speaker
Colombo (LNW): In the contemporary global landscape, achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is particularly challenging, especially for developing nations like Sri Lanka, stated the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
He emphasised that these challenges are amplified by the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the detrimental effects of climate change, and escalating conflicts, all of which have multifaceted impacts on both humans and the environment.
Despite these hurdles, Sri Lanka is actively working to surmount them. The Speaker conveyed these sentiments at the 147th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Luanda, Angola.
He also reflected on the previous year, noting that Sri Lanka navigated one of its most demanding periods in the face of global upheavals.
Amid widespread social discord and protests, the Sri Lankan government and its citizens ensured a tranquil political shift, preserving the stability of democratic establishments.
The 147th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, taking place in Angola from 23rd to 27th October, is centred around the theme “Parliamentary action for peace, justice and strong institutions”, aligning with the 16th of the 17 SDGs set in 2015 by the UN’s 193 member countries to eliminate global poverty soon.
Participating in this Assembly are MPs Naleen Bandara Jayamaha, Mohammed Muzammil, Chintaka Amal Mayadunne, Rajika Wickramasinghe, and the Secretary General of Parliament, Kushani Rohanadeera.