PAKISTAN ALONE NEEDS UP TO US$ 14 BILLION ANNUALLY TO ADAPT TO
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS. OUR MITIGATION NEEDS, WHICH HAVE BEEN
ESTIMATED IN OUR INDCS BASED ON VARIOUS ASSUMPTIONS, ARE MUCH
HIGHER’, THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT MADE BY ZAHID HAMID AT HIGH LEVEL
SEGMENT OF COP-22
Chitral Times Report
Marrakesh:The Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid
Hamid made official statement of Pakistan at high level segment of
Conference of Parties 22 that is going on in Morocco. This high
level segment was attended by head of the states and delegations
participating in the conference.
Pakistan’s contribution to global warming is minimal. We emit less
than 1% of total annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet we are
ranked amongst the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate
change, said by the Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid.
He also said that Pakistan today faces several major risks relating
to climate change, including glacial melt, variable monsoons,
recurrent floods, sea intrusion, higher average temperatures and
higher frequency of droughts. Millions of people have been affected
and colossal damage has been caused by recurring natural disasters.
“These threats pose major survival concerns for Pakistan,
particularly in relation to the country’s water security, food
security and energy security. They also have enormous adverse
consequences for all socio-economic sectors, impeding our ability
to promote sustainable growth and development and the economic
prosperity of our people”, highlighted by the Federal Minister.
He also informed the audience that to cope with these adverse
impacts of climate change, Pakistan has developed comprehensive
policies and plans that include both adaptation and mitigation
measures. We have adopted a perspective development plan called
”Vision 2025″, a National Climate Change Policy along with a
Framework for its implementation, and a National Disaster Risk
He also said that Next week we will be introducing in Parliament a
historic Pakistan Climate Change Bill, which will establish a
high-level, policy-making Pakistan Climate Change Council,
alongwith the Pakistan Climate Change Authority, to prepare and
supervise implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects in
“Pakistan has also developed a National Sustainable Development
Strategy, and I am proud to inform you that earlier this year
Pakistan became perhaps the first country in the world whose
National Assembly passed a unanimous Resolution adopting the SDGs
Agenda as its own national development agenda”, informed by the
To reduce adverse impacts of climate change and build resilience, a
Green Pakistan Program has been launched under directions of Prime
Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, with the objective, amongst others,
to increase forestation throughout the country.
“The Government of Pakistan is fully committed to implementation of
the Paris Agreement, which we have duly ratified. We have also
forwarded to the UNFCCC Secretariat our INDCs, taking into account
the latest situation relating to our development needs and
strategies. It includes updated projections of green-house gas
emissions and our national ambition to reduce these emissions,
along with associated financial and technical implications”, said
by the Minister.
He also said that we are confident that the comprehensive approach
adopted by Pakistan will help us meet our climate objectives, build
required resilience and contribute to the global mitigation efforts
against climate change.
We are confident that the comprehensive approach adopted by
Pakistan will help us meet our climate objectives, build required
resilience and contribute to the global mitigation efforts against
climate change highlighted by the minister.
He also announced that challenges and needs of developing countries
are enormous. In Pakistan alone, we need upto US$ 14 billion
annually to adapt to climate change impacts. Our mitigation needs,
which have been estimated in our INDCs based on various
assumptions, are much higher.
“The Paris Agreement has transformed our aspirations into reality
and has provided an action plan to deal with the biggest
development emergency of our times. We must therefore implement it
fully and effectively. For this purpose, the availability of
climate finance, technology development and transfer and
capacity-building in the developing world must be ensured”, said by
He also said in the end that All countries need to honour their
respective commitments under the Paris Agreement and to work
together to operationalize its implementation. I am pleased to
reiterate that Pakistan, on its part, is ready to contribute fully
to these collective efforts.