In a meeting held on the side-lines of COP28 in Dubai, UAE yesterday (02), President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in one-on-one discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron.
The focal point of their conversation revolved around collaborating to facilitate Sri Lanka’s transition to a green economy. President Wickremesinghe specifically urged President Macron to enhance French involvement in the Indian Ocean region through Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
Furthermore, President Wickremesinghe brought attention to the International Climate Change University, underscoring its significance in addressing global climate challenges.
In a gesture of cooperation, he extended an invitation to France to actively participate and contribute to the initiatives undertaken by the university.
President Wickremesinghe’s diplomatic success
In a momentous move, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has presented the Climate Justice Forum (CJF) at COP28, emphasizing the critical importance of addressing climate issues with a sense of justice and equity.
The President was joined by prominent figures such as the former President of Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed, the Minister of Health of Uganda, Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Inger Anderson.
Addressing the launch, President Wickremesinghe conveyed that the resolution of the Climate Justice Forum will be formally presented at the United Nations. He described the CJF as an initial step to secure unwavering commitment from all parties involved in the collective effort.
President Wickremesinghe underscored that the scope of contribution extends beyond the capabilities of countries alone, emphasizing the significant role private entities can play.
Furthermore, the President drew attention to the allocation of funds, noting that more financial resources are directed towards the war in Ukraine and the bombing of Gaza compared to what has been allocated for the Loss and Damages fund.
The President extended invitations to other concerned nations to join this initiative, presenting it as a viable solution to the increased threat of climate change.
Furthermore the President has formally requested the collaboration and cooperation of esteemed organizations such as UNEP, UNDP and the EU to engage with interested countries in advancing the pioneering initiatives presented by Sri Lanka.
Ms. Anderson, in her address at the launch, emphasized the growing disparity between the necessary actions and the current efforts in the battle against climate change.
She welcomed the Climate Justice Forum, asserting that it will serve as a potent force in unifying nations for this collective endeavour.