PR No. 21 “Civil society can paly an important role in pushing governments to implement Paris Agreement” Zahid Hamid. Islamabad

The launching ceremony of Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change held in Islamabad in which Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid participated as chief guest.

‘The missions and objectives of Civil Society Coalition for climate change fully align with policies of Ministry of Climate Change. So Ministry of Climate Change will fully support ideas of Civil Society Coalition” said by the Federal Minister for Climate Change.

“The civil society empowers common man through transparency and check and balance system.The policies of Ministry of Climate Change on mitigation and adaptation require continuous support from civil society”, highlighted by the Minister. The Manifesto of civil society also emphasize upon cooperation of civil society.

He further emphasized that civil society can play an important role in pushing the governments to implement Paris Agreement.

He also highlighted achievements of Pakistan and said Pakistan has taken many initiatives to cop with climate change that includes ratification of Paris agreement and adoption of Climate Change Act. The National assembly of Pakistan passed resolution-declaring agenda 2030 as its national agenda. All policies of Ministry of Climate Change align with Sustainable Development Goals. The goal 13 that is related to urgent action on climate change can be implemented through these initiatives.

Council of Common Interest has approved Pakistan National Forest Policy. The Prime Minister of Pakistan initiated Green Pakistan Program to preserve Forestry and Wildlife in Pakistan. We are also going to declare Astola Island as Marine Protected Area this month. We are also strengthening Global Change Impact Study Centre, which is research arm of Ministry of Climate Change.

Mr.Neil Bohn United Nation Country Resident and coordinator also addressed the audience and said there are many positive changes like more awareness, new laws and policies to deal with climate change. There are issues like urban planning and mitigating climate change.

The World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Mr. Patchamuthu Illangovan told the audience that World Bank is working on of Climate smart Agriculture and hydropower. The climate change institutions are still young and needs to get mature to deal with these issues.

The ambassador of European Union, Morocco and Mr.Tariq Banuri Professor at Utah University also added the audience.

The vision of Civil Society Coalition to work actively towards promoting social, ecological and democratic equity for a fare future and the protection of global climate. The mission is to empower civil society to play a meaningful role in co-creation of policies supporting climate friendly mitigation and adaptation actions for sustainable development. The objective is to establish an effective networking platform to strengthen civil society capacity for engagement with stakeholders.