Pakistan’s Climate Paradox: Among the Lowest Global Greenhouse Emissions, Yet Among the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change”
Islamabad: Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal addressed at the 10th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2023, where he highlighted key situations affecting Pakistan’s economic condition, including Covid-19, inflation caused by the Ukraine-Russia war, and severe climate disasters with a loss of $30 billion.
The Planning Minister also
He emphasized that Pakistan has less than 1% contribution to the total global greenhouse emissions, making it among the lowest in the world, yet the country is among the leading countries more vulnerable
to climate change.
The Government of Pakistan has taken several measures, including the Post-Flood 2022 Resilient Recovery Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (4RF) Strategic Policy, aimed at restoring the lives and livelihoods of the affected people, especially the most vulnerable.
Some of the post-flood recovery measures taken by the Government of Pakistan include providing emergency relief to one million households under BISP, initiating a youth internship program to provide marketable skills, and creating a National Flood Protection Plan to combat adverse effects of floods.
Despite facing severe climate disasters in 2022, causing damage worth billions, the Planning Minister vowed that the Government is committed to long-term resilience and adaptation. Through multi-sectoral strategies, the Government is rebuilding and prioritizing long-term climate resilience.