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Pakistan 7th among countries most affected by climate change

A meeting was held in Islamabad between Climate Change Minister Zahid Hamid and newly appointed country representative of the Asia Foundation Sofia Shakil, at the Ministry of Climate Change.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said, “Pakistan is facing many disasters as a result of climate change in the form of floods, droughts, sea intrusion and glaciers melting. Pakistan is ranked 7th among countries most affected by the climate change,” said a press release issued on Wednesday.

He further said that our emission will go higher as a result of our future developmental process. The government of Pakistan is taking many initiatives to deal with climate change that includes ratification of Paris agreement, submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, National Climate Change Policy and Framework for implementation of Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Act.

The Climate Change Council will be established to implement and prepare projects, while considering international standards. He further informed that National Assembly has approved the Climate Change Act. It would be a functional law within the next three months after getting approval from the Senate. The delegate of ‘The Asia foundation’ was also informed about launching of the Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme.

The country representatives of The Asia Foundation, Sofia Shakil, offered to help in strengthening the new body of Climate Change Council and small grant projects of climate change.

Online. Pakistan 7th among countries most affected by climate change. Daily Times, February 8, 2017.

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