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US Special Envoy visits Pakistan to advance climate & environmental goals


Islamabad, 16 March 2023 (TDI): Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources Monica Medina, who also serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is currently in Pakistan.

During her visit from March 15-17, she will participate in the US-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group and address climate and environmental issues of concern in the region.

Special Envoy Medina is also engaging with government counterparts, the private sector, and civil society stakeholders.

Also, she is strengthening support for actions that tackle the biodiversity crisis, build resilience to impacts of the climate crisis such as flooding, elevate women in STEM, advance clean energy goals, and enhance science and technology cooperation.

“I am honored to be in Pakistan to engage with government and non-government stakeholders on critical environmental and climate issues.

We must work together to address the pressing challenges facing our planet, from the biodiversity crisis to the impacts of climate change,” said Special Envoy Medina.

Visit to Margalla Hills National Park

Furthermore, Monica Medina, along with Rina Saeed, and the Islamabad Wildlife Board, visited Margalla Hills National Park to view conservation and animal rescue efforts on March 16.

During the visit, she applauded the impressive work done by the Islamabad Wildlife Board and other conservation organizations to protect and conserve biodiversity and Pakistan’s natural beauty.

Also, she noted that Margalla Hills National Park is a vital natural resource for Pakistan, providing essential ecosystem services, such as clean air and water, and a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

“Protecting biodiversity is essential to ensuring a sustainable future, and it is heartening to see the dedication and hard work of the conservation community here in Pakistan,” said Assistant Secretary Medina.

She also met with representatives from the Islamabad Wildlife Board and other conservation organizations to discuss ongoing efforts to protect and conserve biodiversity in Pakistan.

The discussions focused on the importance of science-based conservation strategies, community engagement, and collaboration between government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Visit to National University of Sciences and Technology

Apart from that, Monica Medina also joined students at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in Pakistan on March 16 to discuss the importance of the full inclusion and representation of women in STEM careers and public leadership.

While there, the Assistant Secretary emphasized the importance of ensuring that women have equal opportunities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to participate in leadership positions.

“Women bring unique perspectives, skills, and experiences to these fields, and we must ensure that they have the support and resources they need to succeed,” she said.

She also highlighted the role of science diplomacy in promoting international cooperation on issues related to science & technology, noting that science diplomacy can help bridge cultural & political divides and promote understanding & collaboration.

In short, her visit underscores the US government’s commitment to working with Pakistan and other countries to advance environmental and climate goals, support the transition to clean energy, and promote sustainable development.

The visit of the Special Envoy to Pakistan is an important step towards strengthening the US-Pakistan partnership on climate and environmental issues.

To conclude, her discussions and engagements with stakeholders will contribute to the development of sustainable solutions that protect the environment, promote biodiversity, and build resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis.

Eman Mudassar Tarar
Eman Mudassar Tararhttps://thediplomaticinsight.com/
Eman Mudassar Tarar is a student of International Relations at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and can be reached at emantarar26@gmail.com. She is currently working as a Research intern in the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies. Her areas of interest are rooted in a deep passion for global politics, international relations, ongoing transnational developments as well as a strong commitment to advancing human rights and promoting social justice on a global scale. She writes as a columnist for various media outlets. The author tweets @the_emantarar.

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