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Sri Lanka wins special award for pesticide control, suicide prevention

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has been nominated for an UN-backed ‘Future Policy Award 2021’ for environment sustainability over its control of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and a reduction in the country’s suicide rates.

The award is given by Hamburg based World Future Council, sustainability advocacy.

This is an annual prize awarded by the World Future Council in partnership with UN agencies and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

This year the award looked at policies and solutions that minimized the adverse effects of exposure to chemicals on human health and the environment. 

Sri Lanka’s Control of Pesticides Act No. 33 of 1980 and the National Policy and Action Plan on Prevention of Suicide of 1997 won this award amongst five other laws and policies adopted by countries.

“The two policies from Sri Lanka have contributed to one of the greatest decreases in suicide rates ever achieved in the world,” the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London said.  

“They have saved about 93,000 lives over 20 years at a direct government cost of less than 50 US dollars per life.” 

This year, Two Gold winners and three Special Award winners were selected out of 55 nominated policies from 36 countries. 

Sri Lanka has won a special award along with the Philippines and Colombia.

The gold awards were won by Kyrgyzstan and Sweden.

“For the sake of current and future generations, it is absolutely critical that stakeholders make the protection from hazardous chemicals a priority. Sri Lanka and the other winning policies show the way forward and are an inspiration for policymakers worldwide,” Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council (WFC) said. 

WFC has been awarding this annual prize since 2010. 

According to WFC, it is the first and only award that recognizes policies for the benefit of present and future generations on an international level. 

“The aim of the Award is to raise global awareness for exemplary policies and speed up policy action.”(Colombo/July02/2021)

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