Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that all countries of the world must come together to address climate change urgently and decisively.
Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka fully understands the importance of balancing ecological concerns with human needs.
As a developing, tropical country, Sri Lanka is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world.
Explaining Sri Lanka’s efforts to promote the use of sustainable energy, Rajapaksa said that the country is determined to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
“On the energy side, we aim to increase the contribution of renewable energy sources to 70 percent of national energy needs by 2030. We are also working towards enhancing national forest cover,” he said.
“Our rich, philosophical heritage, shaped by the teachings of Lord Buddha, has instilled in us the importance of balancing ecological concerns with human needs,” he said.
Additionally, the Colombo Declaration on Sustainable Nitrogen Management seeks to have nitrogen waste by 2030, he said.