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The United Nations Development Programme’s Pakistan office has said that the international body supported logistically under its Glacial Lake Outburst Flood-II (GLOF) project only five official delegates, who had prior approval by the government of Pakistan to represent the country at the global climate conference held early last month in Glasgow UK, said a press release issued here on Sunday from the Climate Change Ministry.

In his official letter sent to the Climate Change Ministry dated December 4, the UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan Knut Ostby said, “We would like to clarify that UNDP’ GLOF II project supported the logistical cost of 05 delegates to attend the two-week’s 26th session of the UN-led Conference of Parties (CoP 26) in Glasgow, UK.

These five participants were as per the approved participation list of the Government of Pakistan.

Funds for the participants were covered from the Annual Workplan 2021 of the GLOF-II project where the activity has dedicated budget lines for the purpose.”

In the letter, the UNDP official further said that It might be clarified that UNDP’s support to the government of Pakistan through mutually executed projects, amongst other activities, embed components to enable participation at international fora such as the CoP 26, which offer opportunities of learning, advancing collaboration, and securing technical and financial support for the management of Climate Change in the country.

UNDP would like to clarify that the funds of the GLOF II project used for the 05 participants were already earmarked for the purpose.

Knut Ostby highlighted in his official document that “Pakistan remains amongst the top ten worst-affected countries by climate change; development partners facilitate partner organisations in cross learning at such for a, which includes reporting against commitments under international conventions.

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