Pakistani PM calls for global cooperation to tackle climate change crisis

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif

PAKISTANI Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday called for global cooperation to tackle the negative impacts of climate change, highlighting that there is an urgent need for climate action.

He said: “As one of the country’s most vulnerable to climate change, Pakistan fully appreciated the need for a global response to combat climate change and build resilience and shared the efforts being undertaken in this regard.’’

Sharif said this at a meeting with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), who was on an official visit to Pakistan.

”Climate change is one of the defining issues of our times and Pakistan is playing its part in this regard,’’ the prime minister said.

Appreciating the work being done by the UNEP, Sharif called for enhanced efforts to address climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem degradation more effectively.

”As part of the UN system, UNEP is encouraged to contribute to and support Pakistan’s efforts to build back better and greener after the climate-induced devastating floods in the country,” the premier said.

On the occasion, Andersen briefed the Pakistani prime minister on the initiatives being taken by UNEP in Pakistan and appreciated the active role that Pakistan has been playing to address climate change. (Xinhua/NAN)