President to Inaugurate Sri Lanka Climate Summit 2024


The Sri Lanka Climate Summit 2024, organised by The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be inaugurated by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, under the theme Code Red: Climate Risks and Opportunities for Sri Lankan Businesses, on 7th May at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.

As the imperative to address climate change grows increasingly urgent against a backdrop of rising temperatures and increasingly erratic weather patterns, climate change has evolved into a pressing global issue demanding urgent attention from governments, businesses, and societies worldwide. Against this backdrop, the Sri Lanka Climate Summit will address the dual reality of the impending risks of climate chance and the opportunities presented to Sri Lankan businesses. 

As the Chief Guest, President Ranil Wickremesinghe will address the Summit’s inauguration, on Current Climate Policy Context and Vision for Sri Lanka’s Green and Just Economic Transition, setting the context for the deliberations and discussions that will follow.

The Summit will kick off with a high-level introduction session, featuring national and international leaders of climate action. The Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber Mr. Duminda Hulangumwa will address the Summit on Sri Lankan Businesses in the context of Climate Action.

Inaugural speakers and the key topics they will address are President of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras – Research Park, Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala  – The Importance of an Energy and Net Zero Plan for Sri Lanka, Biodiversity Scientist and Taxonomist Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda – The Identification of Climate Threats to Sri Lanka & Implementation of Mitigation Strategies, CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment & Water, and advisor to the Indian Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Arunabha Ghosh – How the Climate Crisis is Affecting the Business Landscape/ What is the Climate Crisis on Businesses and How can Businesses React, and Resident Representative UNDP in Sri Lanka, Ms. Azusa Kubota – Public Private Partnerships Towards Climate Action.  Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber’s Steering Committee on Climate Action, Mr. Dilhan Fernando will moderate a panel discussion on Creating a Multi-Stakeholder Ecosystem for Climate-led Growth.

The inauguration will be followed by focused sessions on May 8 and 9, which will draw on the insights of renowned national and international experts in the fields of public and climate policy, academics, industry veterans and leading personalities in the climate action charge, to explore climate risks, opportunities, and the facilitation required to mitigate risks and successfully leverage growth opportunities. The Summit in its entirety will contribute to developing a Climate Action Plan that is envisaged to drive green growth and climate action in terms of adaptation and mitigation of climate risks.

For inquiries and registration, please contact Niroshini on 0115588852/[email protected] or Shanuka on 0115588892/[email protected],  or visit

Event partners – Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company and United States Agency for International Development. Sponsors – EFL Global, ATG Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd., CITI Bank, Nestle Lanka PLC, Vidullanka. Co-sponsors – MAS Holdings, Diamond Cutters, Macksons, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Amana Bank, NDB Bank. Knowledge Partner – Global Green Growth Institute, Telecommunication Partner – Dialog, Television Partner – Dialog TV. Partners – Echelon and EconomyNext, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, The Genesis Project, UN Global Compact, Biodiversity Sri Lanka, Dentsu, Wijaya Newspapers, MTV.