PAKISTAN'S RATIFICATION OF PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE ENTERS INTO FORCE TODAY -FRENCH AMBASSADOR WELCOMES

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad(StaffReporter)“The Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force today, a few days ahead of the start of COP22 in Marrakesh, less than a year after its adoption in Paris. The swiftness of this process is unprecedented. No other multilateral treaty of such importance has ever been ratified by so many countries in such a short period of time. The agreement has now been ratified by more than 80 states accounting jointly for more than 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

FILE PHOTO - 31 OCT 2016, HANDING OVER OF PRESIDENCY TO MOROCCO

 

On this special day, H.E. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France to Pakistan warmly welcomed Pakistan’s ratification of the Paris Agreement last 2nd of November. She said: “It is an extremely positive sign as it reflects Pakistan’s commitment to the fight against climate change, one year after the Paris COP21 and just a few days before the next international Conference, the COP22, starts in Marrakesh. I also here welcome the announcements of the Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid on the adoption of a new national contribution as well as of a new Pakistan’s climate change bill”.

 

France will stay committed as it is now time to implement the agreement. Marrakesh will be the first follow-up conference to the Paris Agreement and will be devoted to climate action.”

On Nov 02, 2016, a press conference held at Ministry of Climate Change by Federal Minister for law, Justice and Climate Change Zahid Hamid  He briefed the media about the background of Paris agreement.Prime Minister of Pakistan participated in COP-21 in which this historic agreement was finalized.

Then he informed that we constituted an expert study group to formulate an INDCs report. This report explains that how much emission is expected as a result of future development He also informed that our current carbon emissions are 405 million tons and 135th in the world. In INDC s report it is projected 1603 million tons till 2030..He also highlighted that we have intended to reduce 20% carbon emission depending upon the availability of funds we get from Green Climate Fund. The INDCs would be submitted to UNFCCC secretariat before COP-22.

Third important development he highlighted was approval of climate change bill. Under this bill climate change authority will be formulated. This authority will include all chief ministers. Different projects will be prepared under this authority through consultation that will be implemented by provinces. We are among few countries that have which will have this authority. It will also be responsible to implement Kyoto protocol and Paris agreement.

He also highlighted Green Pakistan Program and told the media that 20% target have already been achieved. He informed that this is letter day to achieve three major climate change developments.

While answering the question about coal power projects, he informed that we need to increase our energy demands and eliminate load shedding. Pakistan has to create economic activity that is vital for Pakistan development.

He also highlighted that climate change is not problem of one province. It is a national problem and should be dealt by mutual consultation; He also informed the media about recent Pakistani achievement to gain 36 million dollars for GGLOF projects besides Indian forceful opposition.

 

Syed Rizwan Mehboob Prime Minister focal Person on Climate Change briefed the media about 20% target achieved under Green Pakistan. In Sindh Mangroves forest, KPK million tree tsunami, Baluchistan Ziarat Mgsi and in Punjab Cheecha Watni are some examples  which are covered under Green Pakistan Program