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National Sustainability discourse launched today

The National Sustainability discourse, a three month nationwide discussion on the contents of the first draft of the Vision 2030 document will be launched today (6) by the Presidential Secretariat, at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).

President’s Secretary Udaya Seneviratne said that following this discourse, the draft will be revised with public input to create a truly consensual national vision to map out the sustainable development policies leading up to 2030.

“The President sees real potential in hosting a national discourse based on this document,” he said.

Addressing the media at the Government Information Department yesterday, he further said that this is Sri Lanka’s first national effort to create a blueprint to set out the country’s long term economic, social and environmental goals for the next 12 years, reflecting on our country’s strengths and capabilities.

Seneviratne explained that in 2015, the President pledged at the United Nations to provide leadership to help achieve the sustainable development goals by the year 2030 and when he returned to the country he appointed Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Sri Lanka’s only Nobel Laureate to appoint an independent committee of experts, academics, and professionals to write the first draft of Sri Lanka’s 2030 sustainable development vision.

He said that in January 2018, the first draft of this document written by 43 leading experts in different sectors was presented to the President and added that it is an extensive 260 page document covering the broader topics of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Seneviratne said that they intend to include these in the policy proposals for the betterment of the country.

He further said that a Parliament Oversight Committee under MP Thilanga Sumathipala has been appointed to look into the progress of this document and the proposals.

One of the members of the expert committee Shiral Lakthilake said that the committee has no political aspirations and the proposals have nothing to do with that, stating that they expect the public to provide their feedback on this, adding that the main target audience will be youth, academics and professionals.