PM: (PM will represent Pakistan in Paris summit on climate change: Senate told)

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said that the Prime Minister will represent Pakistan in the forthcoming Paris summit on climate change to highlight the country’s efforts on the issue of environment degradation.

Winding up discussion on Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the United Nations in the Senate, he said though Pakistan is not a major contributor for global warming but it will take steps on voluntarily basis to address this major problem.

The chair also constituted a special committee to monitor the implementation of the SDGs with particular reference to issue of climate change. Earlier, participating in the debate Sherry Rehman said climate change poses grave challenge to Pakistan and proper planning is required to deal with the issue.

She pointed out that according to the World Bank report one hundred million people will go below the poverty line due to the climate change stress. Of these about forty percent people will be from Pakistan.

Farhatullah Babar in his remarks said climate change is badly affecting both Pakistan and India and this issue should be made part of composite dialogue between the two countries.

Mushahid Hussain Syed said climate change is a South Asian issue. He said presence of Indian and Pakistani troops on Siachin Glacier is having a negative impact. He suggested this glacier should be transformed into a peace park for the tourists.

Tahir Hussain Mashhadi asked the government to take long term measures to address the issue of climate change besides introducing reforms in health and education sectors.

Karim Khawaja said land reforms should be introduced to reduce poverty which is an important component of SDGs. Nauman Wazir said the development goals can only be achieved by diverting energies towards the climate change issue. Jahanzeb Jamaldini voiced serious concerns over deep frustration particularly in KPK province.

Others who spoke on the occasion included: Shibli Faraz, Usman Khan Kakar and Sirajul Haq. The House will now meet today (Thursday).