Saarc chamber delegation leaves for Dhaka to attend climate change seminar


Staff Report
A delegation of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Pakistan chapter Thursday left for Dhaka-Bangladesh to participate in a one-day seminar on “A Climate Resilient South Asia: Turning Climate Smart Investment Opportunities into Reality” on July 15.
In a statement issued Thursday, SAARC CCI Senior Vice President (SVP) Iftikhar Ali Malik said that Pakistan has been working with SAARC member states to understand how public sector actors are building resilience to climate change in South Asia.
He said Pakistan remains committed to playing its role in global efforts for tackling the issue of climate change and had ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015 and was following the principles therein to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent.
“Climate change has become one of the biggest challenges for mankind today and has united the international community for action against its hazards,” he added.
Pakistan had recently passed the climate law ‘Pakistan Climate Change Act-2016 and Pakistan was fully aware of its national and international obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
He said extreme unhealthy temperatures in South Asia—a region that includes India, Pakistan and Bangladesh—affect around 15 per cent of the region’s population.
“A number of deadly extreme weather events in the region reflect that reality, including a 2015 heat wave that killed more than 2,500 people,” he added.
He said South Asia as a region has witnessed favourable economic growth and is gearing up to capitalise on opportunities provided by urbanisation, economic diversification and a young population.

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