The following guiding questions are aligned to each of the three main Leadership Dialogues planned for the Stockholm+50 meeting and will be integrated into the overall consultation agenda and report. Please refer to the question number in your comment.

LD3: Accelerating the implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development:

  1. What are the biggest challenges we are facing in implementing the commitments to the 2030 Agenda and other environmental commitments (MEAs)? How do we create an enabling environment for delivery on the ground?
  2. What are the good practices and pathways that you would like to see scaled up to accelerate the implementation of the environmental dimension of Sustainable Development in the context, of the Decade of Action?
  3. How to transform governance and legal systems that maintain long-term economic stability and ecological and social wellbeing for all? 
  4. What measures are needed to align public, private and development finance with existing commitments and priorities?
  5. What type of partnerships from the UN and beyond are needed to accelerate a green and sustainable economic transformation that leaves no one behind?
  6. What capacities and technologies are needed to improve human wellbeing in harmony with nature? nature?

Comments (14)

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received, on behalf of Dr. Rukshan Gunatilaka, Director Agribusiness Development, Ceylon Biscuits Limited.

1. Biodiversity risk and opportunity assessments are required by all industries. Experts are required to educate how this could be done.

2. Sustainable crop production road maps need to be introduced.

3. Technology in terms of reducing the carbon footprint must be encouraged through policy reforms. Heavy penalties must be enforced for carbon emissions above certain levels while promoting technological solutions. A Road Map on technology transformation is required from simple to complex.

4. ESG should be a way of life. All companies must adopt ESG reviews from 2025 onwards. Such independent rating must be made available for public... training, introduction and reviewers must be trained.

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received, on behalf of Dr. Sarath Samaraweera, Engineer

1. All users of wood and wood products must be responsible for growing trees
2. This should be made mandatory
3. All will benefit
4. Consistent application of rules
5. True quantification of forest cover and agricultural lands

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing on behalf of Mr. Lakshman Wijeyewardena, Training & Institution Specialist

1. Green technology, organic healthy food
2. Promote green technologies and eco-farming
3. Promote opportunities for engagement with livelihood
4. Implementation of policies and activities
5. Natural disasters, weather patterns, happiness of people

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received on behalf of Mr. R. W. S. M. N. Manorathne, Deputy Director

1. Minimized resource utilization, use of smart devices
2. Teamwork adaptation to greener living
3. Communication methods
4. Empowerment through policies and more concerned on responsible services
5. Consumption pattern

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing as received on behalf of Mr. I.M.S. Bandara, Director General

1. Changing the lifestyles to match with the environment, education of children to live with nature
2. a. Started to use green materials in government construction
    b. Need to mandate in using such materials in all construction
    c. Need to manage energy usage in government institutions
    d. Need some policies to start green materials production
3. Sustainable and resilient relationships with nature will assure the future of future generations
4. People have right to live, nature also has right to prevail. To safeguard their future, we must act as sustainable. Sustainable development is the key to protect all and ensure the future of future generations and nature
5. a. Need to have an indicator for people knowledge related to global issues
    b. Need an indicator for measuring sustainable practices at household level
    c. Need to measure the accessibility to basic needs for all

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing as received on behalf of Mr. Padmajith Jinadasa, Incorporated Engineer

1. a. Curb size of artificial structures for dwelling and commercial purposes
    b. Improve public transport systems
2. a. Public awareness through small groups
    b. Strict guidelines for local authorities for healthier planet
3. Less expensive lifestyle blended with nature
4. Basically, through awareness on civil rights and establishing voluntary groups to assist
5. Line of effective and efficient mode of communication

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing as received on behalf of Mr. Lasintha Ferdinando, Managing Director

1. Energy through natural resources, fossil fuel usage more efficiently, relocating population based on a planned method to avoid fragmented land usage
2. Use per capita carbon emissions and compensate countries with better results through SDA allocation to uplift the lifestyle of people
3. There are no marginalized people, that was created by politicians to be in power. Invest in education, soft skills and technical skills of these people
4. Demarcation of specific areas for specific activities and hold rule of law supreme

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received on behalf of Mr. Gayan Subasinghe

1. a. Controlled consumption
    b. Process innovation and systematic changes (eg: ITC use instead of physical works)

2. Active promotion of sustainable energy technologies and resource recovery. Need favorable policies and swiftly decision making from the authorities, policy consistency

3. By improving equal (and equitable) and fair access to natural resources including land/land rights; accept (in all means including legal aspects) their rights and requirements for equitable access; Develop/revise policies to assist these processes.

4. Legal and regulatory measures; Awareness and build capacities of related authorities to execute such regulatory measures; Allocate adequate resources for such processes

5. Per capita land energy water footprints, chemical use, and other scarce resource use. Their change over the years and comparison with other comparable economies

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received on behalf of Prof. Piyal Ekanayake, Professor

1. Forest conservation, decarbonization, harvesting clean water
2. Environment policy
3. Access to clean resources like water and energy
4. Introducing environmental laws
5. No. of people having access to clean resources, extent of green zones

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments received on behalf of Mr. Upali Gunawardena

1. By reducing pollution
2. By educating people
3. We should start programmes through which people will realise the values
4. Strict laws should be implemented
5. By using new technology

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received on behalf of Dr. Ananda Mallawatantri, Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka

1. Valuing the Nature and linking to governance
    Enhance knowledge on ecosystem processes and pollution pathways
    Linking the resilience of production sectors to ecosystem conservation

2.  Support global biodiversity agenda 2030 - need valuing the nature mainstreamed in policy

3. With proper scientific explanations on ecosystem processes and value of doing it

4. Improving environment governance including having right people to run the institutions

5. SDG indicators customize to country; SENDAI framework metrics and the elements of the upcoming global biodiversity agenda 2030 that also include Paris Agreement elements

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments as received on behalf of Mr. Sudesh Ruvinda, Lecturer

1. Reduce life standards, live and travel in nature

Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing responses on behalf of Mr. Sajjan Jayasiriwardene, Water Supply Specialist

1. a. Protect & manage watersheds & catchments
    b. Encourage & promote water reclamation (3R's)
    c. Reduce & recycle liquid and solid waste

2. Reduce & minimize pollution through discharges and promote groundwater recharging from rainwater. A comprehensive national water resources policy and a water resources secretariat to implement this policy.

3. Promoting inclusive policies and strategies that benefit the marginalized and vulnerable groups in sectors such as water source catchment/watershed protection & improvement, solid waste collection, recycle & reuse, community forestry etc.

4. Creating awareness and information exchange/sharing among the above groups, providing access to legal information/advice through community-based resource groups, strengthening the Environmental Police units to out-reach to village/community level

5. a. Extent of social demarcation of protected areas to overcome the land tenure issues in those areas.
    b. Extent of protected areas demarcated and maintained within Municipal Council and Urban local authority areas.


Thevuni Halangode
Thevuni Halangode Moderator

Sharing comments on behalf of Mr. I S Premalal, Civil Engineer

1. a. Promotion of reforestation programs
    b. Promotion of renewable energy methods

2. a. Already actively involved in reforestation programs
    b. Installed Solar Power electricity in my dwelling house
    c. Engaged in developing two mini hydro power projects

3. With their involvement for these projects for a wage

4. Adhering strictly to environmental laws in the country

5. We have strong environmental impact assessment legislation in the country