Denmark’s ambassador for climate change keen to work with Pakistan in environment-friendly projects

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Zubair Qureshi

Ambassador for Climate Change of Denmark Tomas Anker Christensen on Tuesday expressed his government’s desire to collaborate with Pakistan in various climate and energy-related projects.

The government of Denmark he said was negotiating with Pakistan to enhance bilateral cooperation in order to address climate change and trade investment.

The Danish Ambassador for Climate Change was interacting with environmental journalists and young climate activists at the scenic Margalla Hills National Park’s (MHNP) Trail-4.

He apprised the participants on Danish collaborative efforts and areas of interest brought under consideration for enhanced cooperation.

Christensen said during his engagements with the government officials three areas of interest were focused including enhanced bilateral collaboration vis-à-vis clean energy transition, environmental degradation and trade investment.

He said the Danish delegation at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) would take up the cause of the vulnerable and marginalized countries and become their voice because they needed investments for addressing environmental degradation.

“Denmark has announced to augment its 1 percent share to the global climate fund pledged under the Paris Accord and hope that the developed countries should give their fair share in it,” he informed.

Christensen underlined that Denmark was one of the largest countries to integrate wind power into its overall energy mix. The Danish government would like to have experience sharing with Pakistan to achieve its 30 percent renewable energy targets by 2030.

He added that a framework convention on energy was in the offing to streamline collaboration in energy sector, waste management, environmental issues and forestry investment.

Responding to media queries, the Ambassador for Climate Change said the Danish government was investing half of its green finance through multilateral organizations like Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank and others in countries like Pakistan.

He commented that the countries like Denmark and Pakistan would achieve the Zero Emissions target which was not impossible but that would have least impact globally.

Chairperson Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) Rina Saeed Khan and Ambassador of Denmark Lis Rosenholm were also present on the occasion.

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