ISLAMABAD: The Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change (M/oCC) held on Wednesday an event entitled, “Framing Pakistan’s Agenda: Pre-COP23 Consultative Dialogue” in Islamabad.
The event brought together representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and related government departments as well as practitioners and experts in the field of climate change from the civil society, academia, and media, in order to frame Pakistan’s agenda for the UNFCCC’s annual international Climate Change Conference (COP23) which is going to be held later this year at Bonn, Germany from November 6 –17.
This was the second of a series of six consultative dialogues between government and civil society, each addressing a specific climate change-related theme.
Speaking at the event, the keynote speaker, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat, said that Pakistan is vulnerable to natural and human-induced hazards, including hydro-meteorological disasters in the country mostly induced by the Climate Change phenomenon, which have not only become more unpredictable but their frequency has increased manifold.
The Chairman expressed the NDMA’s resolve to overcome challenges and strengthen national adaptive capacity by working at subnational and national levels to build resilience using organized and systematic approaches to protect vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
Providing welcoming remarks, Ms. Aisha Khan, Chief Executive of CSCCC, thanked all the participants for attending the event, and highlighted the impact of loss and damage at the local level and stressed on the need to develop national consensus on way forward.
Other speakers included DG Environment, Ministry of Climate Change Mr. and Chairman Federal Flood Commission Engr. Ahmed Kamal and Chief Engineering Adviser. Former Chairman NDMA Gen. Asghar Nawaz led the discussion on three vital questions relating to Loss & Damage.
In his closing remarks, Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, Federal Secretary Ministry of Climate Change, further expressed his resolve to work with and taking into account the inputs of civil society and other experts present in today’s meeting on Loss & Damage in the future policy and strategy for addressing climate change and framing Pakistan’s agenda at the COP23.
Story first published: 26th July 2017