Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera recently highlighted that Sri Lanka is deeply conscious of the impacts of climate change, while addressing the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

He noted that the country is already experiencing the impacts of climate change in the form of droughts, unprecedented and rising temperatures, floods, unseasonal rain and coastal erosion.

Reinstating Sri Lanka’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, he also said the island’s best hope was to limit rising temperatures.

The minister noted the formulation of a National Climate Change Policy and a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, in addition to a high-level coordination body led by the President that has been set up to align policies with international commitments on environmental issues.