Report – Webinar on “Pakistan and the UN: A Partnership for Environmental Sustainability”

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The Centre for Strategic Perspectives (CSP), Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized a Webinar titled “Pakistan and the UN: A Partnership for Environmental Sustainability,” on October 15, 2020. The lead speaker at the Webinar was Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairman BoG, SDPI. Other panellist at the webinar included: Ms. Afia Salam, Freelance Journalist; Dr. Sanval Nasim, Assistant Professor of Economics, LUMS; Mr. Basharat Saeed, Water Resources Specialist at World Bank Group and Ms. Komal Shakeel, Director at Profectus Advisory Services. The Webinar was moderated by Mr. Najam Rafique, Director CSP/Research at ISSI.

Mr. Najam Rafique, Director CSP/Research, in his introductory comments stated that Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of being impacted by Climate Change (CC).The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 has placed Pakistan on the 5th spot of countries most impacted by CC. In this regard, Pakistan is taking the right steps in line with the UN efforts for mitigation of climate related issues. The transition to green economy is the aim of the incumbent government which is undertaking projects in this regard. Among the major issues highlighted by the PM Imran Khan at the 75th UNGA session was the need for global responses regarding CC and the need for the global community to be more responsive. He said that ISSI has organized this webinar to analyse and discuss steps taken by Pakistan in achieving environmental sustainability in lieu with UN SDGs.

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