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Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 – Vision and Strategic Path

Jan 3, 2020
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Prevention of air pollution in major cities and introduction of smart and sustainable transportation systems, is a key recommendation outlined in the report

By 2030 Sri Lanka hopes to become a sustainable, upper middle income, Indian Ocean hub with an economy that is prosperous, competitive and advanced; an environment that is green and flourishing; and a society that is inclusive, harmonious, peaceful and just. We will follow the middle path based on balanced inclusive green growth.

In 2015 UN member states, including Sri Lanka, universally accepted the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) and 2030 Agenda. Within this framework, all countries were expected to set out their vision for 2030. As the first step towards the creation of a truly sustainable nation, Sri Lanka’s Presidential Expert Committee (PEC) chaired by Prof. Mohan Munasinghe, drafted the strategic document titled Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to prepare such a comprehensive report.

The Committee, appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2017, consists of 40 top-level Sri Lankan experts fully conversant with the range of sustainable development topics. They toiled to produce this report within one year, working without payment and within tight budget constraints. The document is completely non-political and is ready to be implemented by any government in power.

The report describes a holistic approach that shows the key linkages, strategic plan, and practical action recommendations covering high priority areas, needed to achieve the following: 1. A thriving and dynamic economy, providing a good quality of life, that is resource-efficient, stable and resilient to shocks while respecting critical environmental and social sustainability constraints; 2. A green environment that builds on Sri Lankans’ traditional respect for nature, and keeps our resource use within the sustainable capacity of the country; 3. A society that enables us to meet the basic needs of all people while encouraging peace, harmony, reconciliation, inclusion, social justice and security.

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