ISLAMABAD - Ambassador of Sweden to Pakistan Henrik Persson called on Federal Minister on Climate Change Sherry Rehman and offered all-out support to help Pakistan overcome environmental challenges and mitigate climate change risks.

During the meeting held here at the minister’s office, the envoy said that his government was aware of Pakistan’s climate-vulnerability and scale of the risk exposure from climate risks to the lives and livelihoods of the people in general and agriculture, which is backbone of the country’s economy, in particular.

The ambassador informed Sherry Rehman that his government has initiated joint programmes with governments in developing countries, where people, their livelihoods and various socio-economic sectors are increasingly exposed to climate shocks, particularly floods, depleting groundwater resources, crop failures, potable water shortages, energy supplies.

The Swedish envoy expressed his government’s intent to jointly work with Pakistan in sharing best practices with the latter’s environmental challenges, biogas production and energy transition, recycling domestic wastewater for its re-use for various purposes including agriculture.

Sherry Rehman welcomed the generous offer by the Swedish ambassador for collaboration in renewable energy, wastewater treatment, e-vehicles, disaster risk management, climate resilience.

She told the ambassador that the incumbent government is very much committed to reducing emissions, environmental development and enhanced climate resilience.

However, any opportunity of collaboration with the Swedish government to achieve to mitigate Pakistan’s environmental challenges and climate risks is encouraging.

“We would, surely, jointly work with the Swedish government and welcome any support in transferring technical know-how and building technical capacity of relevant stakeholders that support the implementation of the country’s green policies,” Sherry Rehman told the ambassador.

Earlier, the Swedish ambassador informed the minister that this year his country is hosting the World Environment Day, marked every year on June 5 globally.

He said that various activities have been planned by his embassy that will happen in Islamabad.

The ambassador also invited the minister to join the World Environment Day celebrations and a conference in Stockholm in June 2022.