Sri Lanka represented at the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit

Sri Lanka
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Kanesu Balasuresh

Kanesu Balasuresh

The fourth Asia-Pacific Water Summit was declared open with the participation of High-level delegations from several Asia-Pacific countries and representatives of international organizations on 23 April 2022 in Kumamoto City, Japan.

The theme of this year’s Summit was ‘Water for Sustainable Development: Best Practices and the Next Generation’. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressed the Head of Government segment of the Summit via video technology and stated that the Sri Lankan government’s national goal is to improve water-related infrastructure, including clean water supply and sanitation for all, in the next three years. The President further added, “Sri Lanka welcomes investments, technology transfers, and financing for our sustainability efforts, as well as broader development assistance and cooperation for debt restructuring to support our economic recovery during this critical time,”.

The Opening Ceremony of the Summit was graced, by Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako via video technology. Prime Minister of Japan, Fumo Kishida, addressing the Summit added that improving sanitation is extremely important in eradicating poverty and announced an initiative to help the Asia-Pacific region address water-related issues to which the Government of Japan committed 500 billion yen (nearly 4 billion US dollars) in aid to the region over the next five years. The initiative will include measures against climate change, such as improving the hydraulic control capacity of dams and increasing hydropower energy. It also aims to expand facilities for water supply.

During the Opening Ceremony, the delegates adopted the Kumamoto Declaration committed to tackling water-related challenges in the region and it would be taken up for discussions at the United Nations Water Conference, scheduled to be held in March 2023.

Representing the Government of Sri Lanka at the Summit, Ambassador Sanjiv Gunasekara, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Japan attended the Opening Ceremony and the Head of Government segment of the event on 23 April 2022.

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