UN Chief urges World to follow example of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed praise for Pakistan for “sheltering Afghan refugees for 40 years” and urged “the world to support host countries and show similar leadership in standing with refugees."
While addressing a conference entitled “Special Talk on Sustainable Development and Climate Change” organised at Islamabad Marriott Hotel, the UNSG termed the challenges and threats of climate change “a common responsibility of all global partners.”
He underscored the need to step up actions to achieve goals of climate change and sustainable development. “The goals of global peace and prosperity are linked with alleviation of poverty, inequality and hunger.”
The UN chief appreciated steps taken by the government to address negative impacts of climate change in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, in her address, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul asserted that the government has taken concrete measures to address challenges of climate change.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said, “Pakistan is fifth most vulnerable country that suffers the most from climate-related disasters in the long-term.”
He said the incumbent government has zero-tolerance policy against timber mafia involved in illegal deforestation and massive cutting down of trees in the country.