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11th Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

11th Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development
11th Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Sri Lanka's presence at the 11th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (AFPSD) highlighted the importance of international collaboration in achieving the UN SDGs. The global society expects Asian leaders to effectively fulfill their roles and drive significant progress not only in Asia but globally. The UN SDGs affect the well-being of every individual on the planet, regardless of their location. Addressing poverty, protecting the environment, and ensuring peace and prosperity are global challenges that require coordinated efforts at the international level.

The forum reviewed the region's progress towards specific SDGs, including poverty eradication, hunger eradication, climate action, and ensuring peace, justice, strong institutions, and partnerships. The forum's outcomes will be presented at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July and the Summit of the Future in September 2024 in New York.

State Minister Semasinghe addressed the forum, stating the positive results of the comprehensive macroeconomic reform initiatives introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka. He also participated in a high-level panel discussion on new approaches to social protection.

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, delivered the opening remarks. Parnpri Bahiddha-Nukara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, gave a special address. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, presented the keynote speech.

Additional Details:

●      The forum took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from February 20 to 23, 2024.

●      ESCAP organized it.

●      The Sri Lanka delegation included C. A. Chaminda I. Colonne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, and Chamindry Saparamadu, Director General of the Sustainable Development Council.

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