Pakistan calls for reforming International environmental system
UNITED NATIONS: Citing the recent devastating floods, Pakistan has called for "urgent reforms" of the International Environmental Governance (IEG) system aimed at protecting the countries that were vulnerable to climate change.
"In the wake of several environmental emergencies including in particular the growing threat from climate change, Pakistan agrees that status quo is not an option," Senate Chairman Farooq H. Naek said while intervening in the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at UN Headquarters in New York.
"Urgent reforms are needed and a collective action at the global level is vital to protect the smallest, poorest and vulnerable countries like Pakistan," he said while participating in a discussion on: "Rethinking sustainable development within the current global economic and environmental framework."
"Only very recently, Pakistan has paid a huge cost to the vagaries of climate change," Naek told the hearing. Jointly organized by the UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Annual Parliamentary Hearing provides a forum for interactive discussions between members of parliament and high-ranking UN officials, representatives of member states and experts drawn from think-tanks and civil society organizations.
Pakistan, he pointed out, was engaged in the ongoing discussions to forge a common understanding on the future of International Environmental Governance, which suffers from overlapping functions.
Stating that the overall state of environment and the ability to meet the challenge remained, the Pakistan chief delegate said that time was ripe to give serious consideration to elevate the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) into an International Organization as opposed to a programme.
On the question of decoupling economic growth to prevent degradation in environment, he said Pakistan also shared the perspective and the need for it. "In our view, it is pivotal to make use of some old and new technology which remains climate friendly, such as nuclear, geothermal and bio fuels. Pakistan also believes that there is a need for significant investment in the carbon storage and capture technology." -App