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Third South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the SDGs


Sri Lanka


The Third South Asian Speakers\' Summit on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is being organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Sri Lanka in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on 11 and 12 July 2018. It will be followed by a half-day field visit on 12 July.

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 further discuss how parliaments can be a development actor promoting the effective implementation of the SDGs. Special emphasis will be placed on the promotion of sustainable industrialization policies which can support the creation of decent work for all men and women, including for young people and people with disabilities. The Summit will also allow the participants to discuss ways in which regional cooperation among parliaments can eradicate forced labour, promote social protection as well as safe and secure working environments for all workers.

The Summit is intended for Speakers of Parliament from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

- Opening Ceremony in Parliament / Group photo: Welcome remarks by H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickermesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, and Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron, IPU President
- Tea
- Tour of Parliament
- Leave for Hotel Hilton for lunch/ Lunch
- Plenary session: Follow up to the Indore Declaration
- Tea break
- Session I: The role of sustainable and green industrialization in the realization of the SDGs in South Asia
- Dinner hosted by Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of Parliament

- Session II: The role of parliaments in promoting decent work and safe and secure working environments
- Tea break
- Session III: Parliaments as promoters of social and economic inclusion in South Asia
- Roundtable for Speakers of Parliaments
(Closed meeting)
- Adoption of the Colombo Declaration - End of the Summit (plenary)
- Lunch
- Leave for the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC)
- Arrive at SLINTEC / Field visit
- Dinner hosted by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, MP, Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development