Address By the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe

Address By His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for Sustainable Development United Nations, New York 5th June 2017

Madame President,

Mr. Secretary General,

Allow me to express my appreciation to those who have been responsible for organizing this conference – notably Mr. Peter Thomson – President of the General Assembly, the Governments of Fiji and Sweden – co-hosts of the Conference, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore – facilitators of preparatory meetings and to the Secretary General of the Conference.This assembly is part of a historic process – The collective international efforts to define and correct the depredations of humankind on the Planet Earth. It is a relatively recent effort, beginning with the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm and the Stockholm Declaration in 1972. Since then we have made much progress in recognizing the environment and its protection as the responsibility of all nations. We have largely accepted the connection between ecological management and the human condition. We have had many conferences, created many institutions. Public awareness and concern about the environment is wider than at any time in history. Yet with all these developments, we have still a long way to go to reach the optimum level of global environmental sustainability.  More details

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