The High Level Political Forum of the United Nations Sustainable Development was held from 17th to 19th July 2017 while Minister Sustainable Development and Wildlife Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera represented the Sri Lanka in this summit which was held with the participation of Ministers from the member countries. A review on the progress of Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved in 2030 was the objective of this high level meeting.
The theme of the summit was “Poverty alleviation and promotion of the prosperity in a changing world”. Accordingly, special attention was given for the 1, 2,3,5,9 Goals out of 17 Goals. It includes; Ending of Poverty, Ending of Food Scarcity, Ensuring of Food security and Improvement of Nutrition, Agricultural Promotion, Ensuring healthy life, Wellbeing of the citizens of all ages, Ensuring of gender equality and Empowering of women, Building up of Sustainable Infrastructure, Industrial Promotion , Conservation of marine resources etc. Sri Lanka is the only country in South Asia which has a separate Ministry for the subject of Sustainable Development. The Minister informed the participants on programs and plans to be implemented towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Sri Lanka. Minister Jayawickrama also apprised the summit of the CITES convention to be held in Sri Lanka in 2019.