PR No. 123 “CIVIL SOCIETY PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DECISION MAKING PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT” ZAHID HAMID Islamabad
The Pre-COP 23 Consultative Dialogue Framing Pakistan’s agenda on mitigation and adaption organized by the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change with the collaboration of Ministry of Climate Change held in Islamabad.
Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid addressing the participants said The Pre-COP-22 Consultative Dialogue held last year did help to crystallize our thinking regarding the Climate Change issue highlighted in Marrakech.
He further added this; the organizers have initiated the consultative process four months before. A series of six dialogues are planned to be held over six weeks on specific thematic areas, which includes Adaptation and Mitigation, Loss and Damage, National Determined Contributions, Means of implementation, New Market Mechanisms and Transparency Measurements.
Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid further highlighted various achievements aced by Ministry of Climate Change in last various years that includes 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 first marine protected area of Pakistan, reforming Global Change Impact Study Centre and adoption Sustainable Goals as National goals by National Assembly of Pakistan.
He also said that we should highlight all these positive developments at COP-23 to emphasize the global community that although Pakistan is ranked amongst the top ten countries considered most vulnerable to climate change, it has developed comprehensive policies and plans and is taking both adaptation and mitigation measures to tackle these issues.
He also mentioned that we should point out three key aspects from submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions at COP-23. First, the projected increase in Green House Gases emissions is four times. Second, the potential of reducing emissions by 20 % is subject to availability of $40 billions at current price and adaptation needs ranging from $7 to 14 billions per year over the period 2010-2015.
The Director General Environment Irfan Tariq gave historical background of Conference of Parties held every year. He said Pakistan has been an active negotiator and participant every year. Dr.Tariq Banuri Executive Director Global Change Impact Study Centre said Climate Change is global agenda and requires collective efforts. He also gave remarks while concluding the session Pakistan needs to have strategic approach for mitigation. We must develop pro-active proposals for COP-23 in order to play active role in global mitigation group.
Ms. Ayesha Khan Chief Executive of civil Society Coalition for Climate Change said that we have just initiated the process of development where developed countries have consumed their carbon budget. The event was attended by civil society, media and government officials.