UK to work closely with Pakistan in tackling climate risks

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Zubair Qureshi

The government of the United Kingdom is interested in assisting Pakistan government in fighting impact of climate change and to boost resilience against the fallouts of global warming.
The UK High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner expressed these views during a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam here on Wednesday. The UK envoy conveyed his government’s interest to work with the climate change ministry on the present government’s green and clean programmes. According to a statement the British High Commissioner told Malik Amin Aslam that the UK government was ready to help Pakistan boost its climate resilience against negative fallouts of the global warming.
Amin Aslam thanked the British high commissioner and said while climate change caused by the global warming was the gravest risk facing the humanity Pakistan could not fight it alone. “Climate Change, which is affecting various socio-economic sectors including agriculture, water, energy and food production systems worldwide, all the countries had to join hands to cope with the common global peril of climate change,” Malik Amin Aslam emphasised.
He also briefed the UK high commissioner about the five key green initiatives namely, Clean Green Pakistan Programme, Clean Green Pakistan Risk Index, 10 billion Tree Tsunami Programme, Recharge Pakistan and Ecosystem Restoration Fund being implemented by the climate change ministry under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. “When you invest in nature, nature gives you back at such a speed you cannot imagine,” the adviser stated. The newly-appointed UK High Commissioner talked about the four areas of work related to climate change including: Green financial systems, clean green growth, nature based solutions and adaptation resilience, which are important areas to work on with Pakistan, the high commissioner said.
Malik Amin Aslam briefed the UK high commissioner about Clean Green Pakistan Index by Prime Minister.

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