|Srilankan Peace Envoy with world's media to North Pole.|
| [26.08.2007, 10:44am, Sun. GMT]|
|Nearly 100 journalists from all over the world visited to the Global Seed Vault, which is under construction on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Construction work on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGS) started in April 2007 and the first bastings were performed in May. The facility will be opened on 28 February 2008. The visit to the facility will be lead by Project Manager Magnus Bredeli Tveiten from the Norwegian construction body Statsbygg. Part of the tour will include press briefings by Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoey, the head of the UN's Climate Secretariat Yvo de Boer, Development Minister and Srilankan Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim, Head of Secretariat Cary Fowler from Global Crop Diversity Trust and the governor of Svalbard. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is being constructed as a cave excavated into the permafrost just outside Longyearbyen which in near to North pole. The SGS is intended to ensure genetic variety for the world's food plants by storing duplicates of seed collections from gene banks all over the world,and will have storage capacity for over four million different seeds. If a seed is lost somewhere in the world due to natural disasters, war or resource shortages, it can be re-established with seeds from Svalbard. |
When media ask about Srilanka Development Minister and Srilankan Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim’s said He is not planning to travel soon.