Executive committee members President Thushara Madurasinghe and Project lead Gihantha Jayasinghe represented APSL at the United Nations Climate Change conference 2021 which ended concluded recently. Consensus was reached by over 190 countries after two weeks of intense negotiations. Progress was made to get commitments to cut emissions to keep within reach the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees celsius, to reach the target of 100 billion USD per year of climate finance to developing and vulnerable countries and also to get agreement on the Paris rulebook.
Our members had the opportunity to meet delegates from other nations as well as catch up with the Sri Lankan delegation. It also gave an opportunity to attend sessions and mingle with worldwide dignitaries including PM Boris Johnson. US President Joe Biden, HRH Prince William, Bill Gates, Elle Goulding, Theresa May, Barack Obama, US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Liz Truss, COP26 President Alok Sharma, First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen just to name a few.
APSL continues to strive on its solar villages in Sri Lanka and has plans to expand the project over the coming few months