ISLAMABAD: Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid on Tuesday said that the ministry had achieved remarkable milestone during the last four years.
“We have achieved many milestone including ratification of Paris Climate Agreement, submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, Green Pakistan Program, approval of Forest Policy from Council of Common Interest, passing of Climate Change Act, declaring Astola Island the first marine protected area of Pakistan, reforming Global Change Impact Study Centre and adoption of sustainable goals as national goals by National Assembly of Pakistan”, the minister said.
He expressed these views while addressing the participants of the Pre-COP 23 Consultative Dialogue, which is raming Pakistan’s agenda on mitigation and adaption, and organised by the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change with the collaboration of Ministry of Climate Change.
He said that the positive development needed to be highlighted at COP-23 with the objective to update the global community about Pakistan’s achievements.
“Pakistan is ranked amongst the top ten countries considered most vulnerable to climate change, however it has developed comprehensive policies and plans to tackle these issues” he added.
General Environment Director Irfan Tariq said that conference of parties is held every year and Pakistan is playing an active role in it.
Global Change Impact Study Centre Executive Director Dr Tariq Banuri said that climate change is a global agenda and requires collective efforts.
“We must develop pro-active proposals for COP-23 in order to play active role in global mitigation group”, he added.