Sri Lanka transforming towards sustainable society – Premier
Sri Lanka has begun transforming towards a sustainable and resilient society that is dedicated to follow the Sustainable Development agenda that was first proposed in 2015, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday (9) marking World Accreditation Day.
He added that the Government is taking concrete efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)under the Policy Framework of ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ which is a comprehensive and holistic development framework that has effectively integrated global SDG commitments. “The three core areas: economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection are all addressed in the National Policy Framework and all institutions must work towards achieving these objectives,” Rajapaksa said.
He said Sri Lanka has established an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee to steer and guide the SDG implementation process in Sri Lanka by mobilising various government agencies around SDGs whilst ensuring and facilitating an integrated approach towards its implementation.
“Considering the strategic importance of SDGs for the uplift of mankind and the environment, the two global organisations namely, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have declared the theme of this year’s Accreditation Day as ‘Accreditation: supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’,” Rajapaksa added.
Rajapaksa said the Development Council will enter into a partnership with the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB), the apex organisation in the Quality Infrastructure of Sri Lanka to assist the Government and private sector organisations to meet sustainability standards. (ST)