Pakistan needs to amplify its voice on international podiums: Speakers

BY Ahsan Jamil

THE TWO-DAY discussion Pakistan Sey Paris: making progress toward 2015 Paris Climate Conference was sorted out mutually by the Embassy of France, federal and provincial government organizations, the United Nations, and World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) from October 12-14, 2015. The event aimed to ponder solutions of climate change issues in Pakistan and fortifying its part in International circle concerning the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP) 21 normally known as 2015 Paris Climate Conference which will, without precedent for more than 20 years of UN transactions, mean to accomplish a lawfully tying and widespread concurrence on atmosphere, with the point of keeping an Earth-wide temperature rise beneath 2°C.

This gathering set the stage for Pakistans organizations to the forthcoming unequivocal Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in only 50 days. The event assembled more than 600 individuals from government, the educated community, common society, understudies, a private area, media and the overall population.

The speakers on the event included the French Ambassador, Martine Dorance; the EU Ambassador, Jean-François Cautain; United Nations Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne; Member of National Assembly and Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, Maryam Aurangzeb; Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Arif Ahmad Khan; illustrative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Tasneem Aslam and noticeable voices from common society, for example, Senator (R) Javed Jabbar, Dr Shoaib Sultan Khan, Dr Ishrat Hussain and Dr Parvez Hassan.

Amid the occasion, Dr Dominique Reynaud, a famous French researcher, proposed building up a logical RPCC “regional provincial board on climate change” or a PPCC a “Pakistan board on climate change” on the model of the IPCC.

In the four round tables, specialists talked about low-carbon development strategies in Pakistan, adaptation and impacts of climate change on food and water security, on health and gender, disaster risk management and climate smart solutions.

The speakers underscored the principle goal of the COP 21 and focused on that Pakistan must play urgent progressions and commitments in climate change area on account of its high-chance helplessness.

WWF-Pakistan Senior Director Ejaz Ahmad said on the occasion, “Pakistan is thinking for different common issues, for instance, surges, climate change, tropical tornados, warmth waves, dubious precipitation and stream samples, declining groundwater levels, dry seasons, broadening desertification, drought and sea level rise”.

This uncommon occasion, which accumulated all partners, turned out a win. The thought of such wide – based and comprehensive gatherings ought to be repeated past COP21 all through Pakistan, in urban and country territories to bring issues to light and scatter data about this basic issue. The social affair was a channel for the Pakistani government; NGOs and related foundations to get together inspect and have dynamic impact in the worldwide group by coordinating to the worldwide endeavors as per fighting climate change.

Pakistan has successfully attempted to phase out chloroflouro carbons (CFC) and the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has various pragmatic projects under its hood to combat with the climate change challenges. The establishment of Climate Change Commission by Lahore High Court will also play key part in implementation of climate change policies by keeping all stakeholders intact and regular monitoring. The awareness needs to be increased on this daunting subject as much of the time had already been consumed in various internal and external fiascos involving Pakistan, this issue in deed requires proper attention from all stakeholders.

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