A Sustainable Nation - An Inclusive Transformation

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed upon by 193 national leaders is assumed as the strategic pathway towards transforming our world and is expected to be implemented at the national level. Sri Lanka has declared its allegiance to this transformation and pledged its commitment to implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. In doing so, Sri Lanka must not leave anyone behind and engage all stakeholders from planning to implementation of the national sustainable development agenda.  

 As the first country in the Asia Pacific Region to establish a cabinet ministry for sustainable development, Sri Lanka now is in a unique leadership position to champion the transformation. This Ministry has commenced the formulation of a National Sustainable Development to evolve a policy, regulatory and institutional framework that enables the transformation and the formulations of a national sustainable development strategy and action plan. It attempts to evolve visions and pathways for national transformation and to provide guidelines and standards for ministries, agencies and other stakeholder organizations towards ensuring sustainability of all projects and initiatives.

The main objectives of the National Sustainable Development Platform include 

(a) facilitating a regular stakeholder dialogue on the sustainable development pathways of the nation 

(b) building stakeholder partnerships towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and 17 SDGs 

(c) creating awareness, knowledge building and engagement on sustainable development.

A National Sustainable Development Engagement Platform has been arranged to “Transform a Dialogue between Parliamentarians, Officials and Stakeholders on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” on 5th October 2016 from 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. at the Lotus Hall, BMICH, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.


1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Registration of Participants
2.00 p.m.
Arrival and Reception of His Excellency the President
2.05 p.m. – 2.10 p.m.
National Anthem
2.10 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.
Lightening of the Traditional Oil Lamp
2.15 p.m. – 2.18 p.m.
Video Presentation - 1
2.18p.m. – 2.23 p.m.
Theme song
2.23 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.
Welcome Address by Mr. R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla, Secretary, Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wildlife
2.30 p.m. - 2.35 p.m.
Video Presentation - 2
2.30 p.m.-2.55 p.m
Key Note Address by Mr. Uchitha de Zoysa Advisor, Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wildlife
2.55 p.m. - 3.00 p.m
Address by Ms. Una Mclauley, UN Resident Coordinator
3.00 p.m. - 3.05 p.m
Address by Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena, Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development & Wildlife
3.05 p.m. – 3.10 p.m.
Video Presentation - 3
3.10 p.m. – 3.20 p.m
Address by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development & Wildlife
3.20 p.m. - 3.30 p.m
Special dance illustrating the sustainable development in the country Past, present and future
3.30 p.m. – 3.40 p. m.
Address by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
3.40 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals”
5.00 p.m. – 5.55 p.m.
Open Dialogue: “planning for an inclusive transformation towards Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka”
5.55 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Vote of Thanks by Mr. H.D.Ratnayake , Additional Secretary (Technical), Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wildlife