President leaves for Kenya

President leaves for Kenya

March 13, 2019   12:03 pm

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President Maithripala Sirisena has today (13) left for Kenya to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya, the President’s Media Division (PMD) stated.

The PMD says the President participates in this Assembly as a special guest on an invitation extended by the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly, which is themed ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’, gathered in Nairobi on 11th March and will continue until 15th March.

President Sirisena is scheduled to address the Assembly tomorrow, the PMD says.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries will attend the Conference.

UNEA-4 will address environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss, life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management and innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

During his four-day visit in Kenya, President Sirisena will meet the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Kenya dates back to the year 1970. Both countries are members of the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), IORA and G77.

At the political and diplomatic level, Sri Lanka and Kenya have been maintaining close and cordial links over the years. The two countries are rooted by shared values, aspirations, and common interest to overcome the challenges of development.

At present, Sri Lankans are working in Kenya mainly in the fields of clothing industry, horticulture, hydroelectricity and automotive industry, according to PMD.

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