Pak­istan calls for re­form­ing In­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tem

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

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

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