President invites all to join hands to achieve sustainable
[August 09 2018]
draft of the Vision 2030
document presented to the
Achieving sustainable development goals is to make the
country and the nation victorious, President Maithripala Sirisena said
and invited all citizens including political leaders, academics, private
sector, entrepreneurs and school children to join hands to achieve
success in attaining these goals.
He made these remarks participating in the launching
ceremony of the 'National Sustainability Discourse' held at the BMICH,
The first draft of the Vision 2030 document was
presented to the President by Prof. Mohan Munasighne , the Chairman of
the Expert Committee on Sustainable Development.
The National Sustainability Discourse is operative in
an efficient manner to obtain the ideas of all. This will implement in
every province of the country. Through this process the public will get
an opportunity to identify the issues which are revealed or un revealed
and to directly engage in the dialogue.
The main objective of this programme is to prepare a
plan to determine the long-term economic, social and environmental goals
of the country over the next 12 years while displaying the capabilities
of Sri Lanka. It is targeted to attract the engagement of young people,
academics and professionals in this discourse. The report will be
updated according to the feedback of the parties.
President Sirisena also launched the website of the
National Sustainability Discourse and there is provision to join this
dialogue through mobile App.One can also join this through www.nsd.lk
Addressing the gathering, President Sirisena presented
two special proposals to the National Sustainability Discourse. It's
about trying to find a viable solution to the human-elephant conflict
and find solutions for the issues arisen as a result of animals
destroying more than 32 percent of the country's food production.
Accusations and criticisms regarding these issues have
been there since a long period of time; even though governments have
conducted different programmes on these proper solutions were not
provided, said the President. He invited everyone, including those who
make accusations to submit suggestions and proposals despite any party
or political barriers and added that anyone can present those
suggestions meeting him in private.
Thus the sustainable development topic is being open
to dialogue, criticism, conversation and discussion and the criticisms
will be happily expected yet what is needed are solutions and
suggestions that could be practically conducted, said the President.
Meanwhile presenting ideas on the current development
programme the President invited all the engineers living abroad to come
to Motherland to contribute to the programme for reconstructing 24
reservoirs conducted simultaneous to Moragahakanda-Kalugaga irrigation
President who made open invitations to the engineers
asked them to be in Srii Lanka even for a little period of time in order
to accomplish their duties to the Motherland President Sirisena
presented the draft related to the sustainable development discussion to
several children representing school students.
Ministers and MPs, including the Minister of
Sustainable development, Wildlife and Regional Development Field Marshal
Sarath Fonseka, former Prime Minister D.M.Jayarathne and other
distinguished guests, Secretary to the President Mr. Udaya R.Seneviratne,
and other government officials, diplomats, local and foreign
representatives, Chairman of Sustainable Development Vision of Sri Lanka
Prof.Mohan Munasighe and other members were present in this event.