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Provinces asked to prepare climate case for UN moot

Provinces asked to prepare climate case for UN moot

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan has asked the provincial governments to present a strong climate vulnerability case at the United Nations (UN) global climate conference to be held in December this year.

“Though Pakistan is not a major contributor in the global carbon emissions, we are ranked third among the top 10 most vulnerable countries and worst affected by the negative impacts of climate change,” Khan said. He was chairing an inter-ministerial meeting on the preparations for the “21st conference of parties to the UN conventions framework on climate change.” Here on Thursday.

The minister, who will head the delegation to the climate conference, added: “Pakistan must send a strong message to the rich polluting nations to compensate the damages they have caused to the climate and environment by continuing the trajectory of carbon emissions.”

He also told the participants that it should be ensured that the country’s delegation in support of with other developing countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Thailand opposed everything in the global climate agreement that may make anything binding on Pakistan for which the country was not responsible.

Under the new global climate agreement, the 198 participating countries are expected to agree on a target of capping carbon emissions to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial level.

Secretary Climate Change Ministry Arif Ahmed Khan said Pakistan was closely engaged in the negotiations process on the upcoming global climate agreement to be reached at the UN-led climate conference.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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