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Prof. Munasinghe and President Obama share limelight at Global Climate Leadership Summit

Updated: Apr 21

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Co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, Professor Mohan Munasinghe was the first among a panel of eminent speakers, which included former US President Barack Obama (also a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), who addressed the global Climate Change Leadership Summit in Porto, Portugal on 6th July 2018. Professor Munasinghe spoke to a packed auditorium of 3500 top level business leaders and CEOs, on the role of business in addressing climate change and sustainability issues.

Besides Professor Munasinghe and President Obama, the other main speakers at the summit included Dr. Irina Bokova (the first female and Easter European Director-General of UNESCO), and Juan Verde (advisor on environmental issues to former US President Obama and former Vice President Al Gore). The Climate Change Leadership Summit helped launch the Porto Protocol, which features a solemn pledge by the world business community to urgently implement an action plan to fight against climate change.

Professor Munasinghe is Chairman of the MIND Group in Colombo, which includes the non-profit Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND), a UN recognized centre of excellence working globally on all aspects of sustainable development, and MIND AM focusing on data analytics and management. He is Chairman of the President’s Expert Committee on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision and Distinguished Guest Professor at Peking University, China. He also serves as Director on the Board of Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) one of South Asia's leading providers of Integrated Sustainability Solutions, adding all aspects of sustainability to corporate boardroom agendas, supported by its Strategic Equity Partner – MTI Consulting.

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