The Parliament of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will organize the South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Colombo from 11th to 12th July 2018.
The Summit will follow up on the conclusions of the second Summit of Speakers in Indore (India) and the first Summit held in Dhaka (Bangladesh). It will aim to discuss how Parliaments can be a development actor promoting the effective implementation of the SDGs.
The summit is intended for Speakers of Parliament from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The opening ceremony will take place at Parliamentary Premises on 11th July while the conference sessions will be held on 11th and 12th July at Hotel Hilton, Colombo.
The summit will be inaugurated by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs who will also deliver the key note address at the Opening Ceremony. Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, MP, Speaker of Parliament will deliver the welcome speech at the inauguration.
The summit is expected to place particular emphasize on the topics of the role of sustainable and green industrialization in the realization of the SDGs in South Asia, the role of Parliaments in promoting decent work and safe and secure working environments and Parliaments as promoters of social and economic inclusion in South Asia.
The summit will be followed by a field visit to Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) arranged for the participants by the Parliament of Sri Lanka.