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Pakistan reaffirms global sustainability efforts at 3rd NAM Conference


Geneva, 27 March 2024 (TDI): Pakistan reaffirmed its dedication to global sustainability efforts at the 3rd Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Parliamentary Network in Geneva, Switzerland.

With a focus on crucial climate change policies, Pakistan emerged as a vocal advocate for concerted action to address the urgent challenges facing our planet.

Represented by Barrister Aqeel, the nation played an active role in shaping discussions alongside 53 delegations from member parliaments and international organizations.

Vulnerability to Climate Change

Barrister Aqeel delivered a poignant statement highlighting Pakistan’s unique vulnerability to the global threat of climate change.

He referenced the devastating impact experienced in 2022, with significant inundation affecting one-third of Pakistan’s landmass.

Additionally ,highlighting recent events in Balochistan where unprecedented rainfall led to immense loss of life and livestock.

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Despite contributing minimally to global greenhouse gas emissions, Pakistan bears a disproportionate burden of the consequences.

Barrister Aqeel emphasized Pakistan’s commitment to raising its voice and taking proactive measures to combat climate change, with greenhouse gas emissions accounting for less than 1 percent of the global total.

Pakistan remains steadfast in advocating for concerted international efforts to address this existential threat.

Further, highlighting the importance of parliamentary action, Barrister Aqeel underscored the role of legislators in driving policy changes and allocating resources towards climate resilience initiatives.

He advocated for increased budget allocations for climate adaptation and mitigation efforts, emphasizing the need for accountability and tangible action.

Conference Theme and Azerbaijan’s Leadership

The conference’s theme, “Revitalizing parliamentary action in combating climate change,” underscored the urgency of the global challenge.

Sahiba Gafarova, Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Milli Majlis, praised Azerbaijan’s selection as the host country for COP29.

Showcasing its commitment to combating climate change on national, regional, and global scales.

Azerbaijan’s declaration of 3024 as the “Green World Solidarity Year” reflects its serious green energy transition agenda.

Significant investments in renewable energy production and export further contribute to Azerbaijan’s efforts to promote a sustainable future.

Initiatives such as the Parliamentary Meeting planned on the sidelines of COP29, in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), demonstrate parliamentary commitment to multilateral climate action.

The event aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and determine steps to combat climate change, reinforcing the role of legislators in addressing global challenges.

The conference concluded with the adoption of the Geneva Declaration, reflecting a collective commitment to addressing climate change challenges.

Pakistan reaffirms its dedication to combating climate change and stands ready to collaborate with NAM member states and international partners to address this pressing global issue.

The writer is a dedicated graduate student pursuing an MPhil in DSS from NDU Islamabad.

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