#Nitrogen4NetZero Events


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31 October 2021 - "Rediscovering Nitrogen: Solutions and Synergies for Climate Change, Health, Biodiversity and Circular Economy"

This event was hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka and the GEF/UNEP International Nitrogen Management System (INMS), in partnership with the UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH), the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) and the British High Commission Colombo.

The "Rediscovering Nitrogen" side-event at COP26 discussed how action on nitrogen is a necessary next step to help meet climate goals with multiple co-benefits for environment, health and economy.  High-level statements from H.E. the President of Sri Lanka, UK government, the Commonwealth Secretariat and others discussed options for action ahead of COP26. The event launched the #Nitrogen4NetZero proposal for COP26 brought forward by the Government of Sri Lanka in partnership with the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP), reflecting work with its member countries through 2021. The event theme reflects the upcoming 250-year anniversary of the scientific discovery of nitrogen in Scotland.  It offers a key moment now to 'rediscover nitrogen' for climate and environmental action.

 In-person attendance is by invitation only. However, this is a hybrid event allowing you to join us online. Web stream: You can watch our web stream on the 31 Oct 2021 from 19:00 - 20:00 UK time (GMT).


  • 00:00 - Introductory remarks: Rediscovering Nitrogen - Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick, Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland and Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute

  • 05:15 - Welcome Address - Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment, Sri Lanka

  • 09:28 - Why Nitrogen and Climate? - Prof. Mark Sutton, Director of the International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) and the South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH)

  • 13:42 - #Nitrogen4NetZero video https://youtu.be/W6n0MqW5JfY

  • 16:02 - UN Actions on Sustainable nitrogen management - Partnerships and Inter-convention Nitrogen Coordination Mechanism (INCOM) - H.E. Inger Anderson, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • 20:41 - Keynote remarks by H. E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s Progressive Ambitions for Nitrogen and Climate: opportunities for cooperation

  • 30:15 - How can nitrogen action accelerate our commitments Net Zero and sustainable development - Ken O'Flaherty, UK COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia

  • 34:26 - Mobilizing the Berlin Declaration on Sustainable Nitrogen Management - Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment of Germany

  • 37:08 - #Nitrogen4NetZero: South Asian leadership on nitrogen for COP26 - Dr. Masumur Rahman, Director General South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) and Government of Bangladesh

  • 45:40 - “Why Nitrogen?” - A two-way conversation between Urmi Goswami journalist at The Economic Times, India and Prof. Mark Sutton

  • 59:51 - The Commonwealth Blue Charter, Mangroves and Sri Lanka: Progressive partnership in mitigating Climate Change impacts - Rt. Hon. Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Secretary General of the Commonwealth

  • 01:09:52 - Way Forward: Sri Lanka’s aspirations on climate resilience and adaptation: COP26 and beyond - Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary of Environment, Sri Lanka

  • 01:18:57 - Concluding Remarks - Hon. Prof. G. L. Peiris, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka


4 June 2021 - "Sustainable Nitrogen Management for Ecosystem Restoration" (webinar)

Taking the pride in hosting the WED-2021, the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan aims at spreading awareness on Sustainable Nitrogen Management and Ecosystem Restoration, in collaboration with UNEP, SANH, INI, GPNM, INMS and UAF has organized a virtual event on 4th June 2021 following the closure of 8th Global Nitrogen Conference (INI-8) preceding the 2021 World Environment DAY (5th June 2021).


27-29 April 2021 - "Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery" (virtual event)

This event was jointly hosted by the British High Commission in Colombo and the Government of Sri Lanka. It was supported by the UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub of the Global Challenges Research Fund, the GEF/UNEP International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) and the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP).

The event flyer with a link to this website can be downloaded here: Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery Flyer


  • 27 April - Day 1: High level meeting: Speeches from H.E. the President of Sri Lanka and Ministers from across South Asia. Launch of #Nitrogen4NetZero initiative. Panel discussion between representatives of UN conventions.

  • 29 April - Day 3: Policy maker dialogue - closed session: Governments from South Asia preparing a #Nitrogen4NetZero proposal. Discussion of options how to bring #Nitrogen4NetZero to the COP26 agenda.