The President of APSL Thushara Madurasinghe and We Sri Lanka Project lead Don Gihantha Jayasinghe represented APSL at a Pre COP26 meeting organised by the International Nitrogen Management Systems (INMS) and the Government of Sri Lanka on the 31st Oct 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. The event was titled: Rediscovering Nitrogen: Solutions and synergies for Climate Change, Health Biodiversity and Circular Economy. The session focused on sustainable nitrogen management. It was mentioned that Daniel Rutherford discovered nitrogen in 1772 and James Hutton established the world’s first nitrogen manufacturing plant in Scotland.
The Keynote address was delivered by H.E Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka who is also leading the Colombo Declaration on sustainable Nitrogen management.
Amongst the VVIP’s/VIP’s in attendance were:
H.E Gotabaya Rajapaksa – President of Sri Lanka
H.E Ibrahim Mohamed Solih – President of Maldives
Hon. Prof. G. L. Peiris – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka
Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland – Secretary General of the Commonwealth
Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick – Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland
Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera – Minister for Environment, SL
Hon. Duminda Dissanayake – Minister for Solar Power and Energy, SL
H.E Mrs Saroja Sirisena, Sri Lankan High Commissioner
Mr. Samantha Pathirana – Deputy High Commissioner
Prof. Mark Sutton, Director – INMS
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon – Minister South Asia – FCDO
Mr. Lalith Weeratunga – Private Secretary to H. E. President of Sri Lanka
Dr. Anil Jasinghe – Secretary – Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka
Prof. Michael Eddleston – Sri Lanka Hon Consul in Scotland
APSL representatives managed to have in depth discussions with many of the above individuals about the work of APSL and in particular the Solar Village project which goes in line and supports the COP26 agenda and aims. In particular on discussion with H.E Gotabaya Rajapaksha he reviewed with us the concept of Solar Villages and other work of APSL. They also had separate discussions with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Hon. Prof. G.L Peiris about APSL projects.