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UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed the former Secretary of State for International Development, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, as the UK’s International Champion to support countries like Sri Lanka to deal with climate change, British High Commission in Sri Lanka said.

“With one year to go until COP26 is held in Glasgow, the role of the Champion will be to drive global ambition and action to support countries like Sri Lanka on the frontline of climate change to adapt to its impacts and to build resilience,” it said.

“The UK recognises Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity, but also its vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change such as temperature rise, rainfall variability and sea level rise.  It acknowledges the wider challenges of preparing and responding to related impacts such as floods, drought and wildfires and the emerging effects of rising sea levels and desertification,  

Without action, the World Bank predicts climate change could push more than 100 million people in developing countries below the poverty line by 2030. However, with support, countries and communities can adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Measures like early warning systems for storms, investing in flood drainage and drought resistant crops are extremely cost-effective, saving not just money, but lives and livelihoods,” the statement said.

 “I am delighted to have been appointed Adaptation and Resilience Champion. It is vital the UK’s COP Presidency shows the world we are listening to the voices of those most impacted by climate change and that we will lead global action to address their concerns, from loss and damage, to access to finance,” Ms Anne-Marie Trevelyan said.


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  • activist Monday, 16 November 2020 03:06 PM

    Deal within your own countries to reduce CO2 emmissions and plastic waste. Stop exporting your problems such as garbage to developing countries. You can't become heros who saved the world until you accomplish that, else you will be pretenders..

    DollyD Monday, 16 November 2020 05:46 PM

    Sri Lanka can solve its own climate issues, if Your majesty stop sending garbage.

    ChanakaJ Monday, 16 November 2020 05:50 PM

    Good in theory, but isn't U.K. very susceptible to annual flooding in areas. What measures are in place to address their own concerns?

    Jeeves Monday, 16 November 2020 05:52 PM

    Let's hope this isn't another way to interfere in our policies under the guise of " HELP"!

    REX Monday, 16 November 2020 05:54 PM

    Far better if Boris stops LTTE without legitimising them as his Home Secretary proposes to do, otherwise climate change will be nothing compared to another civil war.

    Esther Cohen, Europe Monday, 16 November 2020 07:56 PM

    So why do the above commenters read an English newspaper if they are such proud Srilankans?

    C Jayawardena Tuesday, 17 November 2020 11:28 AM

    There is no necessity to read English newspapers there are ample ways to get the current affairs. People are wise to find out how the English who shamelessly invaded our country will not try their tricks again. Hope you got the idea well and truly.

    C Ranasinghe Tuesday, 17 November 2020 11:30 AM

    The garbage that was sent by environmentally friendly Europe will be in your back garden soon.

    Nishan De Silva Monday, 16 November 2020 08:03 PM

    Start with our environment issues like WHY UK sent us containers of waste, including clinical waste?

    Sinna Monday, 16 November 2020 11:06 PM

    If you are appointed to help us to deal with climate change,it's directly connected to disposing poisonous garbage, please stop exporting garbage to our country and take back what already landed here


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