Pakistan responds after US President ignored PM Khan for climate summit

Pakistan responds after US President ignored PM Khan for climate summit

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Saturday stressed on a need for developing inclusive, cooperative and forward-looking policies to counter climate change due to its sensitivity.

The response comes after US President Joe Biden ignored Prime Minister Imran Khan while inviting 40 world leaders, including Indian PM Narendra Modi, to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23 later this year.

Saying Pakistan remains fully committed to play its due role in this fight, the Foreign Office said that Pakistan’s commitment to addressing Climate Change and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership on this account is well accepted and appreciated around the world.

The Government’s landmark initiatives like the Billion Tree Tsunami have won international acclaim, including from the World Economic Forum, it added

“Pakistan is also meaningfully contributing to shape the global Climate Change discourse, inter alia, as the Vice President of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Pakistan also Co-chaired the multibillion-dollar Green Climate Fund, established to support climate actions in developing countries, last year,” the statement read.

The Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by President Biden reconvenes the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together leaders from countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and GDP.

The Summit also includes representation from countries holding Chairs of geographic regions and groups including Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States, and Climate Vulnerable Forum.

Pakistan, despite being among the top ten countries affected by Climate Change, is one of the lowest emitters – with less than one percent of the global emissions.