Islamabad, 13 September 2022 (TDI): The 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Regional Seminar on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Parliaments of Asia-Pacific” started at the Parliament House in Islamabad today.

The seminar aims to emphasize developing nations’ sensitivities to the ever-intensifying implications of climate change, particularly in the Asia-Pacific area.
Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif stated that the “3rd International Seminar of Asia-Pacific Parliaments on Sustainable Development Goals should prioritize climate change as the foremost global challenge. Dream of achieving SDGs cannot be realized without empowering countries to fight climate threat.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also met the President of Inter-Parliamentary Union Duarte Pacheco a day before the start of the seminar on Monday.

Inaugural Session

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Speaker of the National Assembly, delivered the opening remarks during the 3rd IPU Regional Seminar. The speaker hoped the conference would cover a wide range of subjects.

It would include inclusive development, climate change, hunger, and malnutrition, encouraging excellent education and decent jobs for the young, along with guaranteeing fair access to quality healthcare.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf highlighted that Pakistan is rated eighth among the countries most susceptible to climate change. Although it is producing less than 1% of global emissions.

He stated that the recent flooding in Pakistan resulted in the catastrophic loss of precious lives. Also, it has damaged vital infrastructures such as roads, residences, schools, and basic healthcare facilities.

Speaking on occasion, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Duarte Pacheco asked the world community, particularly developed nations, to assist Pakistan in recovering from the flood disaster.

He stated that Pakistan’s contributions to climate change are modest, but the repercussions are severe.

He stated that the world’s largest economies must realize their duties to deal with the threat of climate change. Lastly, he emphasized the importance of acting quickly to address this situation.