Islamabad , 7 July 2023 (TDI): Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, President-designate of COP 28 and UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, visited Pakistan on 6th July 2023, for high-level discussions on bilateral, regional, and international climate change issues. The visit aimed to foster closer cooperation between Pakistan and the UAE, particularly in the areas of climate change mitigation and renewable energy.

High-Level Discussions on Climate Change between Pakistan and UAE

During his visit, Al Jaber had a productive meeting with Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.

Both discussed bilateral matters and exchanged views on regional and international climate change challenges. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the UAE’s presidency of COP28.

Moreover, he expressed confidence in Al Jaber’s leadership in steering the important conference.

In recognition of Pakistan’s efforts to combat the adverse effects of climate change as one of the most impacted countries, Al Jaber expressed the United Arab Emirates keen interest in investing in renewable energy projects in Pakistan.

To solidify this commitment, both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This outlined a roadmap for future investments in Pakistan’s renewable energy sector.

PM Sharif, Al Jaber, and Minister Rehman
PM Sharif, Al Jaber, and Minister Rehman are displaying COP28’s wristband as a display of commitment to the climate change agenda.
Exploring Solutions for the Loss and Damage Fund’s Operation

Another significant meeting took place between Al Jaber and Senator Sherry Rahman, the Federal Minister for Climate Change. Minister Rahman extended her congratulations to Al Jaber on the UAE’s hosting of COP 28.

She also provided an overview of Pakistan’s concerns regarding global climate change. The discussions focused on exploring potential solutions to the challenges arising from climate change, including the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund created at COP 27 in Sharm-Al-Sheikh last year.

Addressing Climate Change Vision at the Foreign Service Academy

Addressing diplomats, academics, students, and civil society representatives at the Foreign Service Academy, Al Jaber shared his vision as the President-designate of COP 28. He emphasized the inclusive and transformative nature of the upcoming conference, highlighting its role in addressing global climate challenges.

Pakistan Sets an Example with Plastic-Free Initiatives

The PM House and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan have achieved a significant milestone by becoming plastic-free. Their success also sets an inspiring example for the rest of the country to follow.

The government has mandated all departments to follow suit as part of their commitment to combat climate change and environmental degradation.

This initiative is driven by the understanding that reducing plastic usage is essential for a sustainable future. Plastic waste poses a severe threat to the environment.

As it takes an extended period to decompose and causes pollution in landfills, oceans, and rivers. By implementing plastic regulations, scheduled to take effect in August, Pakistan’s government aims to lead by example and encourage responsible plastic usage throughout the country, particularly in the ICT sector.

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This commitment has attracted positive attention, as highlighted by the UAE special envoy on climate change, who commended the use of glass bottles instead of plastic during their visit. Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate plastic waste contribute to global environmental goals. Additionally, these actions enhance the country’s reputation as a responsible global citizen.

Pakistan and UAE Forge Stronger Partnership for a Sustainable Future

The visit of Sultan Al Jaber has provided a significant opportunity for substantial engagement between Pakistan and the UAE in critical areas such as climate change and alternative energy. As Pakistan and the UAE work together towards a sustainable future, this visit has laid the foundation for enhanced collaboration and joint efforts in addressing the urgent global climate crisis.