ISLAMABAD: Senator Sherry Rehman has said that climate change has clearly become Pakistan’s most pressing challenge in its scale and impacts.
Convening the inaugural session of the Climate Change Caucus of the Senate, She said on Monday, this platform is particularly important, since Pakistan is ranked 7th in the list of countries most affected by climate change, which is potentially catastrophic. Given its place in the region and its growing population, it is crucial for Pakistan to be able to monitor, prevent and respond to climate change.
She said, “In my opinion, climate change is one of the most threatening challenges in the 21st century. Climate change has now become an issue for survival and it’s high time we wake up. It is alarming that very little has been done to understand and tackle this issue. In the absence of robust policy, climate change has caused t a multiplier of threats and depletion of the country’s already strained resources.”
A comprehensive plan to address climate change should have been in place yesterday. Despite that, I am glad that this caucus is starting to take shape and will hopefully lead the narrative, push for stronger advocacy and government accountability regarding the reality of climate change not just in Pakistan but in the region as well,” she further stated.
The Climate Change Caucus, in its inaugural meeting, decided to build a liaison with the provincial Climate Change Committees and forums for better coordination in terms of legislation and implementation in the area of climate change.
The caucus meeting was attended among others by the Leader of the House in Senate, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, Senators Nuzhat Sadiq, Senator Javed Abbasi, Senator Sassui Palijo, Senator Muhammad Akram, Senator Sitara Ayaz, Senator Usman Kakar, Senator Faisal Javed, Senator Khushbakht Shujaat, Senator Jahanzeb Jamaldini, Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, Secretary Climate Change and other officials from the ministry.