Call for global partnerships to address climate catastrophes

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Experts on Wednesday underlined the urgent need to develop global and regional partnerships among governments, development partners and civil society to address natural catastrophes triggered due to climate change.

The Islamic Relief Pakistan organised a one-day symposium titled National Conference on Climate Change: Race Against Time here participated by federal ministers, foreign diplomats, experts and members of civil society.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) and Convener National SDGs Task Force, Romina Khurshid Alam in her address as chief guest said Pakistan was suffering from climate change which was not just an individual but rather a universal issue.

She expressed her gratitude to civil society for supporting the government in this difficult time of post-flood rehabilitation. “Pakistan is the most affected country by floods in the whole of Asia.

The Ministry of Climate Change and the Prime Minister are seriously concerned about climate change impact.” The SAPM underlined that many other countries, including Pakistan, were dealing with global warming, adding, “We cannot forget the devastation caused by recent floods. However, we all have to fight this climate change together and have to support each other.”

The forum was briefed that Pakistan was at the top of the list among the countries affected by climate change worldwide as it faced major environmental disasters which caused immense destruction that resulted in more than 1,700 casualties and property damage worth more than $40 billion. The Islamic Relief Pakistan was working with the government and international organisations in Pakistan for a long time to promote the welfare and support of communities affected by climate change.