PM Shehbaz meets world leaders as climate summit begins in Egypt

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday joined world leaders at the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit in Egypt in an attempt to deliberate upon the ways to address the global environmental challenges.

At the Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Center, Shehbaz Sharif was received by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The government of Egypt is hosting the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27), with a view to effectively tackling the global challenge of climate change.

During his meetings with a number of world leaders, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called for collective efforts to deal with the issue of climate change.

He held talks with President of Iraq Abdul Latif Rashid, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and the Prime Minister of Lebanon in Sharm al Sheikh.

The Prime Minister thanked the international community for extending help to the flood victims. They also discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. The foreign leaders expressed grief and sorrow over the death and destruction caused by floods in Pakistan.

Talking to the Indonesian President, the Prime Minister thanked him for immediately sending ships of edible oil to Pakistan. The Indonesian President said Pakistan is a brotherly country and it will be pleasure for us to extend every possible help to it.

He highlighted the damage suffered by Pakistan in the wake of recent flash floods and emphasized transforming the key climate-related decisions into concrete actions and credible plans.

Shehbaz Sharif stressed that as a developing country most affected by the phenomenon, Pakistan needed urgency of climate solidarity and climate justice.

The prime minister thanked the international community for helping the flood-struck people in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s invitation to the summit along with other countries signifies the importance to implement and transform key climate-related decisions into concrete actions and credible plans.

At the invitation of the Egyptian Presidency of COP-27, the prime minister will also co-chair, along with his Norwegian counterpart, a high-level roundtable discussion on ‘Climate Change and the sustainability of vulnerable communities’.

COP-27 is taking place at a time when millions of people in Pakistan, and millions more in other parts of the world, are facing severe adverse impacts of climate change.

As a developing country most affected by this phenomenon, Pakistan will make a robust call, inter alia, for the urgency of climate solidarity and climate justice based on the established principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.