Pakistan pledges to address Climate Change valued globally: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Choudhari has said that Pakistan’s commitment to tackle Climate Change and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership on this account is well accepted and appreciated internationally.

Zahid Hafeez Choudhari in a statement on Saturday said the government’s landmark initiatives like the creation of national parks and the Billion Tree Tsunami have won international acclaim.

The spokesperson further said that Pakistan is also meaningfully contributing to shaping the global Climate Change discourse, inter alia, as the Vice President of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He said that Pakistan, despite being among the top ten countries affected by Climate Change, is one of the lowest emitters – with less than one percent of the global emissions. 

Pakistan also Co-chaired the multi-billion-dollar Green Climate Fund, established to support climate actions in developing countries last year, he added.

The Leaders Summit on Climate Change hosted by President Biden reconvenes the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together leaders from countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and GDP.

The FO statement comes on the account of Earth Hour. The movement for Earth Hour began in 2007 from Sydney with the main aim to save the planet earth. Lights are turned off for an hour to synchronize with this occasion under the flag of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Prime Minister Imran Khan while issuing a special directive for Earth Hour said that the people should fully support the government for a pollution-free environment. On the occasion of Earth Hour, the Prime Minister’s House lights will be off for an hour from 8:00 to 9:00 on the orders of the PM.