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Recognising and Implementing the Rights of Future Generations – Opportunities for Sri Lanka

Tuesday 26 April 2016, 3.00pm-6.00pm
Lakshman Kadirgarmar Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The World Future Council is hosting an event in Sri Lanka to consider the concept of intergenerational equity, bringing together some key figures and authorities on this concept and its basis in international law. Leading experts will turn to the historic opportunity presented in the revision of Sri Lanka’s national constitution as a ‘once in a generation’ moment in recognising legal responsibilities to future generations. Discussions will include the challenges to implement the global sustainable development goals in Sri Lanka, and the opportunities it presents to introduce a long-term perspective. Panellists will also consider how the Government of Sri Lanka can offer leadership through supporting the proposal for a UN body for future generations.

High level speakers include:

Sri Lankaabhimaneeya Judge C.G. Weeramantry, former Vice President, ICJ;

Prof Mohan Munasinghe, Founder Chairman of MIND, Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC-AR4), Distinguished Guest Professor, Peking University, China, and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka;

Dr Uchita De Zoysa, Sustainable Development Advisor to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife

Ravi Fernando, Chairman, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt.Ltd., Operations Director, Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Group.

 

                                                  AGENDA

 

3PM    Welcome 

305-405PM SESSION I – RECOGNIZING RIGHTS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS

This session will consider how looking to future generations will bring rich rewards today and tomorrow. Speakers will introduce how the principle of intergenerational equity can be reflected in present day decision making and legal processes while also drawing upon some of the leading experience elsewhere.

Chair: Dr Maneesha Wansinghe-Pasqual, Head, Department of International Relations, University of Colombo

Speakers

Catherine Pearce, Director, Future Justice Commission, World Future Council 

Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Founder Chairman of MIND, Vice Chair, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC-AR4) and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankaabimaneeya Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Former, Vice-President, International Court of Justice, World Future Council Honorary Councillor (Video Message)

World Future Council Ambassador Kehkashan Basu (Video Message)


405 – 415PM Q & A

415-435PM Networking Break/Refreshments

435–535PM SESSION II – IMPLEMENTING RIGHTS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR SRI LANKA

This session will look to the unprecedented and historic opportunity in Sri Lanka to strengthen the new Constitution, reflecting a country ready to safeguard its future. Discussions will include the challenges to implement the global sustainable development goals in Sri Lanka, and the opportunities it presents to introduce a long-term perspective. Speakers will also consider the leadership and initiative that Sri Lanka can display on this issue at the international level.

Chair:  Catherine Pearce, Director, Future Justice Commission, World Future Council

Speakers 

Uchita De Zoysa, Sustainable Development Advisor to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife & Chairman of Global Sustainability Solutions

Dr Ravi Fernando, Chairman, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt. Ltd., Operations Director, Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Group

Luwie Ganeshathasan, Attorney at Law

Naushalya Rajapakse, Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the UN

535 – 550PM  Q & A

550-555PM Vote of Thanks – Neshan Gunasekera, Attorney at Law


We have distilled three key ways forward which can build on our event and identify our next steps:

1.       Identifying opportunities for public participation in drawing up the new national constitution are not necessarily inevitable, but possible, in order to seize this historic moment for Sri Lanka and to reflect significant support for recognising the rights of future generations.

2.       An open participatory process can bring benefits to civic consensus and engagement, strengthen parliamentary and democratic processes, deliver a constitution which resonates with the people of Sri Lanka and offers a new way forward on how to engage with key stakeholders, especially young people.   

3.       Incorporating the rights of future generations reflects a broader consciousness and imperative towards a longer term approach, and is embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement which require transformative and interconnected policy responses and leadership across the public and private sector, in order to enable the people of Sri Lanka to build a better future.


Picture by Milei.vencel (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Posted by Future Justice on 20 April 2016