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Sri Lanka to co-sponsor three proposals

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez speaks at the 2019 World Wildlife Day celebrations in Geneva.
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez speaks at the 2019 World Wildlife Day celebrations in Geneva.

Sri Lanka has a longstanding history in preserving and nurturing the environment, and has implemented considered policies and programs making the environment an enduring aspect of its sustainable national development, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez told the 2019 World Wildlife Day celebrations in Geneva recently.

It was held on the theme ‘Life Below Water: For People and Planet’.

Sri Lanka will host the 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Colombo, from May 23 to June 3 this year.

“The Conference has received a record number of working documents and species-listing proposals, making it the largest Conference of Parties in the history of CITES to date. The mako shark, wedgefish, and guitarfish proposals submitted for the CoP18 that have received major support from Parties to the CITES. Sri Lanka will cosponsor all three of these proposals at the Conference, which will also be conducted in a carbon-sensitive manner,” he said.

Ambassador Azeez noted that as an island nation endowed with rich biodiversity below water and on land, where the livelihoods of a sizeable portion of the population are inter-twined with the sea, the rivers and the inland reservoirs, Sri Lanka fully subscribes to the notion that ‘Challenges to life below water were in fact challenges for our planet and its people’.

“From a global perspective, Sri Lanka stands firm in its commitment to preserving life below water under different international instruments. Among the global initiatives where Sri Lanka maintains stakes are the Clean Seas Campaign, the International Coral Reef Initiative, the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, and a declaration of intent with France aimed at protecting the Oceans and enhancing Blue economy cooperation. Sri Lanka also champions the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Group for Mangrove Restoration,” he added.

The 2019 World Wildlife Day celebration in Geneva was organised by the CITES Secretariat, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, UN Environment and the Geneva Environment Network. Panelists from these organisations as well as from the World Trade Organisation contributed to the thematic discussions that followed.

Sustained economic advantages arising from preservation of biodiversity and equitable sharing of benefits, technological cooperation to contribute to carbon-sensitive industry and trade, and strong preventive measures against trade in endangered species, received substantive coverage in the deliberations.

 

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