Global climate change, existential threat to humanity: NA Speaker

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National Assembly (NA) Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Tuesday said climate change was an existential challenge to humanity and global cooperation was required to tackle it and save humanity from its worst effects.

He expressed these views during his meeting with the Head of the Asia and Pacific Department, Mirco Günter, the Desk Officer for Pakistan, Benjamin Reichenbach and the Country Director of Friedriech Ebert Stiftung (FES) Pakistan, Dr. Niels Hegewisch here.

The speaker said Pakistan and Germany enjoyed cordial relations based on mutual trust and unanimity of views on important international issues.

He said these ties could be enhanced by increasing parliament-to-parliament exchanges between the two countries.

He appreciated the support of FES for its parliamentary outreach programme, especially to CPEC Parliamentary Committee of the NA.

He said parliamentary outreach was essential to build the trust of the common people in this sacred institution. Talking about the severe impacts of devastating floods in Pakistan, the speaker said Pakistan had lost billions of dollars of infrastructure and hundreds of lives due to the climate-induced floods to which Pakistan was the least contributor.said developed nations and global organizations needed to come forward to support Pakistan and other developing countries.

He also expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Germany for their cooperation in the flood relief efforts in Pakistan.

 

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