Minister Mushahidullah Khan invited to global ministerial climate conference in Paris

Islamabad, August 06, 2015 (PPI-OT): Ambassador of France to Pakistan, Martine Dorance, Thursday called on Federal Minister for Climate Change and discussed various matters and ways and means to cope with ravaging impacts of climate change caused by global warming.

During the meeting, the French ambassador conveyed formal invitation letter of the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Laurent Fabius, to Mushahidullah Khan for participation in the two-day 2nd Ministerial Conference, which will begin from September 6 in Paris, France.

She told the minister that the meeting will review in detail the preparation of the two-week UN-led global climate conference being held in December this year, which would deliver a global climate agreement to tackle the global warming.

“Since Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change and is already bearing the brunt of climate change, the country’s participation in the two-day meeting in September is of an unprecedented significance. So that Pakistan can make the global leaders acquainted with the climate change-induced losses and damages being faced by it,” she stressed.

Martine Dorance urged the minister Mushahidullah Khan to ensure his participation in the conference. Mushahidullah Khan assured the French ambassador that he would consider the invitation and try his best to join the minister in the conference, where he would plead Pakistan’s climate vulnerability case in a strong case.

The minister told the ambassador that Pakistan welcomes imposing remark of the French president regarding the much-awaited global climate agreement, in which the latter has told rich countries, that a roadmap for ramping up climate finance for developing countries to $100 billion a year by 2020 is inevitable to agreeing the new global climate deal in Paris later this year.

The minister has also backed argument of the French president Francois Hollande that without any financial commitment by rich polluting countries including USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Poland, and chances are dim for the global climate pact most likely to be reached in Paris in December this year among over 196 rich and poor countries.

The French president expressed these views at the two-day 6th international Petersberg Climate Dialogue ‘Reaching for the Paris outcome’, which concluded on May 19 in Berlin, Germany. The minister said that rich countries are very much responsible for global warming, caused by climate-altering carbon emissions.

“However, there is strong for the rich countries to cut their carbon emissions to slow down the climate change and enable poor countries through finances and technology to deal with the impacts of climate change in shape of heat waves, floods, super storms, cyclones, typhoons and crop failures.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Saleem
Deputy Director
Media and Communication
Ministry of Climate Change
Government of Pakistan
LG and RD Complex, G-5/2, ISLAMABAD
Ph: 051-9245565