UK notes Sri Lanka vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change

The United Kingdom (UK) has noted that Sri Lanka is vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed the former Secretary of State for International Development, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, as the UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency.

With one year to go until COP26 is held in Glasgow, the role of the Champion will be to drive global ambition and action to support countries like Sri Lanka on the frontline of climate change to adapt to its impacts and to build resilience, the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said today.

The High Commission said that UK recognises Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity, but also its vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change such as temperature rise, rainfall variability and sea level rise.  It acknowledges the wider challenges of preparing and responding to related impacts such as floods, drought and wildfires and the emerging effects of rising sea levels and desertification.

Without action, the World Bank predicts climate change could push more than 100 million people in developing countries below the poverty line by 2030. However, with support, countries and communities can adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Measures like early warning systems for storms, investing in flood drainage and drought resistant crops are extremely cost-effective, saving not just money, but lives and livelihoods.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan will engage the governments of the countries most affected by climate change and drive support from the international community and the private sector.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that climate change is already affecting people all over the world and COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of investing in resilience, now more than ever.

“The Prime Minister’s appointment of Anne-Marie Trevelyan as Adaptation and Resilience Champion will boost our ability to deliver our commitment to support those most vulnerable to climate change.”

The UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Adaptation and Resilience Champion. It is vital the UK’s COP Presidency shows the world we are listening to the voices of those most impacted by climate change and that we will lead global action to address their concerns, from loss and damage, to access to finance.

“I look forward to working with our partners across the globe to represent and drive our high ambitions on the adaptation and resilience agenda.”

The UK is stepping up global leadership in tackling climate change with one year to go until COP26, the UN climate change conference, and ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December 2020. The Climate Ambition Summit is hosted by the UK, UN and France, alongside partners Italy and Chile, to mark the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement and will be an opportunity for world leaders to make ambitious climate commitments. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. I am not sure whether the climate change activists are real or not. If they are real why they say nothing about the uncontrollable population in South Asia? Don’t they know how much emissions have been created for transports, electricity and manufacturing plants? South Asia has an uncontrollable population but limited resources, this creates an internal flights to get a hold of limited resources and makes dependency on the West, so the Western world dominant power is intact. In contrast, China controls the population and enhance its citizens’ knowledge, skills and ability, so the Chinese people can compete with the West. This is a worry to the power monsters in the West and the Western leaders love South Asia, because of its utter failures. South Asia has created billions of people but hasn’t got resources to make them knowledgeable. It has no political will to use the largest human resources as China does. It has no chance to compete with the West, Russia or China. South Asia does not even have one university ranked within 100 in the world. It hasn’t got a permanent seat in the United Nation’s Security Council. It had only one gold medal in 2008 Olympic games, but didn’t get a gold medal in 2012 and 2016. It hasn’t hosted an Olympic Game. It has two billion people, but the leaders have no solution. The leaders don’t have a solution, because the West wants no solution. The political system is making the leaders to go with the flow, in order to keep the votes. They are unable to change anything significantly. South Asia can’t achieve a sustainable development growth, until South Asia stop believing the foreign political system which was introduced by the West to keep South Asia under the Western powers. The Western system will not work unless South Asia has developed its people’s knowledge as the West has done it for the last 700 years. South Asians got tricked by the West and following a useless system.


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