Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Monday launched the government's "Vision for a Sustainable Era", the national program of building a sustainable country, where everybody will share its dividends. Speaking at the ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, government ministers and members of parliament, President Sirisena said everyone needs to work unitedly with the spirit of brotherhood as well as with discipline to build the country, but not for those who are in power to aim to retain it and those who are out of power to regain it.
The Government has declared the Year 2017 as the year of poverty alleviation and many programs have been implemented to achieve sustainable development goals according to the vision of the government on poverty elimination.
Preparation of the national policy on the drive to achieve 2030 sustainable development goals will be implemented in parallel to the government's Vision for a Sustainable Era program. The national policy will be prepared by a Committee which will consist of experts in 17 fields related to 17 selected spheres of the 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Expressing his views further the President said that Sri Lanka needs to be strong economically as a country in the year 2017. He said that every possible step will be taken in this year to free the people from poverty and to save the country from the financial crisis, and emphasized that many programs will be implemented to increase the export revenue while developing the local industries and the agricultural sector.
President Sirisena said the natural resources should be protected and nourished and the right to land should be ensured for every living being including human beings to achieve the targets of sustainable development.
"National reconciliation is important in moving towards achieving sustainable development goals and always our country could be developed only in ensuring the peace, brotherhood and mutual trust among the communities," he said.
Expressing his happiness over launching a special program for the future of the country and its citizens with the dawn of the New Year, the President said that all including the political leaders, public officials, and religious leaders should unite with a commitment to achieve success in the program.
Addressing the gathering Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that the government is ready to embrace sustainable development policies. He highlighted that participation of general public is imperative to ensure sustainability in development.
The President also presented the framework program of Sri Lanka, which is prepared to outline the Government's strategies for achieving 2030 UN sustainable development goals, to Prof. Mohan Munasinghe, a Committee Member of the Sustainability Era Advisory Board.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, ministers and MPs, Ambassadors, religious leaders of all faiths, and state officials participated in the event.
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