PM Imran ‘puzzled at cacophony’ over Pakistan not being invited to global climate summit



Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that he was puzzled at the cacophony over Pakistan not being invited to global climate summit.

I am puzzled at the cacophony over Pak not being invited to a climate change conf! My govt's environment policies are driven solely by our commitment to our future generations of a clean & green Pakistan to mitigate the impact of climate change.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 3, 2021

“My government’s environment policies are driven solely by our commitment to our future generations of a clean and green Pakistan to mitigate the impact of climate change,” the premier said in a tweet.

PM further stated that he had already laid out priorities for the UN COP 26 if the international community is serious about countering the impact of climate change.

I have already laid out priorities for the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 – COP26 – if the international community is serious about countering impact of climate change.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 3, 2021

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“Hence our initiatives of Green Pak, 10 billion-tree tsunami, nature-based solutions, cleaning up our rivers etc. We have gained vast experience in seven years, began with K-P, and our policies are being recognised and lauded. We are ready to help any state wanting to learn from our experience,” he added.

 

Hence our initiatives of Green Pak, 10 bn-tree tsunami, nature based solutions, cleaning up our rivers etc. We have gained vast experience in 7 yrs, beg with KP, & our policies are being recognised & lauded. We are ready to help any state wanting to learn from our experience.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 3, 2021

 

On April 1, it was reported that US climate envoy John Kerry will hold talks with Indian leaders during an Asian tour in an effort to narrow differences on climate change goals to slow global warming.

However, the US envoy is not scheduled to hold talks with Pakistan, which is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.

Biden ignored Pakistan at his government's first summit on climate change to be held on April 22 and 23.

The US president has invited 40 heads of state and government, including leaders of India, Bangladesh and Bhutan – from the South Asian region.

According to a White House announcement on Friday, the virtual summit would be addressed by leaders of Russia, China, Argentina, Australia, France, Indonesia, Germany, Israel, Canada, Japan, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Denmark, Colombia, Congo, Chile, Jamaica and other countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is facing calls from the United States and Britain to commit India, the world’s third-biggest carbon emitter, to a net-zero emissions target by 2050.

 

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