Islamabad, 5 November 2022 (TDI): Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will travel to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on November 7–8, 2022, to take part in the “Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit.”
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, as well as other cabinet members and high-ranking officials from the country, will join the Prime Minister as part of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference, where this summit is taking place (COP-27).
The prime minister and his Norwegian counterpart would co-chair a high-level roundtable discussion on “Climate Change and the Sustainability of Vulnerable Communities” on November 8, 2022, at the invitation of the Egyptian Presidency of COP-27.
In addition, the Prime Minister will speak at other high-level occasions, such as the roundtable hosted by the UN Secretary General to introduce the Executive Action Plan’s early warning systems.
He will also speak at the “Middle East Green Initiative Summit” on November 7, which is being hosted by Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HRH Mohammad bin Salman.
On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister is also slated to have private consultations with a number of foreign leaders.
COP-27 is taking place at a time when the severe negative effects of climate change are being felt by millions of people worldwide, including millions in Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan is a developing country that is most affected by this situation.
Pakistan would make a strong call, among other things, for the urgency of climate solidarity and climate justice, based on the established principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.
Pakistan would serve as the group’s leader in the climate change negotiations, including in thematic areas like climate finance, adaptation, mitigation, and capacity building.
Pakistan is currently the chair of the Group of 77, along with China, the largest negotiating bloc of developing nations within the UN system.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) decision-making body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), convenes annually to evaluate and promote international efforts to combat climate change.
Pakistan would effectively participate in the discussion, negotiations, and coordinated action on climate change as a major stakeholder. On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister is also slated to have private consultations with a number of foreign leaders.