PM urges world to extend financial, technical support to developing countries to address climate change

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has urged the world to extend financial and technical support to developing countries like Pakistan to help them achieve ambitions on climate change.

Addressing the Climate Ambition Summit 2023 in New York today, he stressed the need for deriving a climate action to achieve the climate goals across the globe. He said climate justice also entails providing developing countries like Pakistan with the financial and technological means to realize these higher ambitions.

Highlighting Pakistan's priorities in dealing with the climate vulnerability challenge, the Prime Minister said we have recently adopted our first ever national adaptation plan to build climate resilience. He said our next step is the projections and casting of interventions identified in the adaptation plan complemented by a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said we will also enhance our efforts to integrate adaptation into our planning forces. In the second phase of the plan, we would prepare a sector specific investment framework, which could serve as a blueprint to translate identified adaptation needs and strategies into tangible and bankable projects. He said Pakistan has also launched the Living Indus Initiative, which is a menu of 25 interventions aimed at restoring the ecological health of Indus River basin.

The Prime Minister further said that disaster risk management is a cross cutting priority in our national adaptation plan. Within the last year, we have taken significant steps in enhancing Pakistan's early warning capacity including by updating our national flood prediction plan.

Talking about global warming, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said although, Pakistan has not contributed to the problem of global warming, we have chosen to be a part of solution. He said Pakistan seeks to produce sixty percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2030. This energy transition will cost over 100 billion dollars and will require international support.

Citing Quranic verses, the Prime Minister told the world leaders that Islam promotes responsibility to protect the environment and utilize natural resources efficiently and undertake an equitable approach to nature.

He also thanked UN Secretary General António Guterres for his active solidarity and mobilization of global support for Pakistan in the wake of last year's floods.

Source: Radio Pakistan