Pakistan among most vulnerable despite lowest contribution to greenhouse emissions: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD    -    Minister for Planning, Development and Special Ini­tiatives Professor Ahsan Iqbal on Monday informed the international community that Pakistan had less than one percent contribution to the total global greenhouse emissions, making it among the lowest in the world, but it was among the leading countries most vulnerable to the climate change impacts. He expressed these views while addressing the 10th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)-2023, a news release said. The four-day APFSD meeting started on March 27 under the theme “Accelerating the recovery from the Coronavi­rus disease (Covid-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels in Asia and the Pacific” at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Bangkok. Addressing the forum, the minister highlighted key situations affecting Pakistan’s economic condition, including Covid-19, inflation due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict and severe climate disasters that caused a loss of $30 billion. He said Pakistan had taken several measures, including the Post-Flood 2022 Resilient Recovery Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (4RF) Strategic Policy aimed at restoring the lives and livelihoods of the affected people, especially the most vulnerable.

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