Although Pakistan is one of the countries most affected by global warming, Pakistan has passed important milestones in environmental protection and achieved the overall goal of the United Nations for sustainable development 13, which requires immediate action to combat change. Climate change and its impacts, 10 years before the deadline, reveal a UN report on sustainable development in 2020.
The report, previously referred to as the SDG Index & Dashboard, is an annual global assessment of countries’ progress in achieving SDG goals. This complements official SDG indicators and voluntary national reviews.
The Prime Minister’s advisor on climate change, Malik Amin Aslam, announced the NRC 13 meeting of the country and that it was a significant achievement to achieve other goals, including eradicating poverty and hunger, before the 2030 deadline ensuring quality, health, education, water clean and sanitation for people, gender equality, and justice and peace.
“Achieving Goal 13 on climate development has shown Pakistan to be committed to global efforts to address the challenges of climate change to protect life on planet Earth,” he told reporters here.
Malik Amin highlighted the government’s initiatives against climate change, saying that adopting and implementing various low carbon growth, mitigation and adaptation initiatives paved the way for countries to achieve the UN Climate Change Goal 13, even 10 years before it ended. deadline.
Major initiatives include the 10 billion tree tsunami program, the Pakistan Green Green Initiative, the Clean Green Pakistan Index, the Protected Areas Initiative and the Ecosystem Restoration Fund to facilitate the transition to green Pakistan through integration. Adaptation and mitigation through green initiatives such as greening, biodiversity conservation, improving the political environment in line with the goals of Pakistan’s national contribution and achieving neutrality in land degradation.
According to Prime Minister’s adviser, German watch, an advocacy group for sustainable development, ranked fifth in the 2020 climate risk index for Pakistan in the long-term ranking among those most affected by extreme weather events.
This index shows that because of its geographical location, Pakistan is among the 10 countries most affected by climate change in the last 20 years. Malik Amin said that, given the estimated economic damage of $ 3.8 million in the German watch 2020 Index, Pakistan ranks third in the long-term estimate for a period of 20 years (1999-2028).
“This means that our economy is at risk from climate disasters and this is not only a challenge for the environment, but also problems that affect our economy, human health, agriculture and ecosystems,” he said, adding that the government had taken a number of steps. Political, governance and operational actions to reduce the adverse effects of climate change on the country.
The Prime Minister’s adviser said the climate crisis was affecting every country and that Pakistan was no exception to the impact of the crisis and increased vulnerability to it.
“Global warming is not only disrupting the economy and making people and countries lose their lives and livelihoods today, but above all tomorrow. Due to increasing global carbon emissions related to climate change, people and communities are significantly affected by man-made climate change, “including rapidly changing climate patterns, sea level rise, heat waves, drought, increased desertification, forest fires, hurricanes, off-season rainfall and flooding,” he said.
Malik Amin said that carbon emissions were at the highest level in human history and increased, and predicted that the average surface temperature of the world would rise in the 21st century unless serious steps were taken to control it.
However, he said that affordable mitigation solutions and affordable solutions exist and need to be adopted and improved so that countries can move to a cleaner and more sustainable economy. “The shift to renewable energy and a number of other steps to reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts are important pathways in the context of sustainable climate action,” he said.
Prime Minister’s advisor said Pakistan had also begun to transform the China-Pakistan economic corridor into the China-Pakistan Green Economy Corridor and had rejected 2,740 MW of imported coal projects signed by the previous government, through non-carbon and local hydropower projects replacing output 3700 MW.
“Only this paradigm shift shows the government’s commitment to climate-friendly growth and sustainable development, which is good not only for Pakistan but also for the world,” he said. Reuters