ISLAMABAD: Minister for Climate Change, Senator Sherry Rehman said sufficient, reliable, clean and cost-effective availability of energy, water and food is indispensable to ensure sustainable economic growth and development.
Talking to Country Director, World Bank Najy Benhassine in Islamabad today (Monday), she said that the country needs to strive for a cleaner and greener Pakistan.
They also discussed the ongoing projects in Pakistan by the World Bank.
The Minister was briefed on the overall objective of the Bank’s climate initiatives in Pakistan.
While discussing the importance of all the projects, Minister Sherry said, these programmes are extremely vital for the materialization of our Climate goals.
She said the infrastructure required in the direction of a clean energy transition still seems under-resourced for Pakistan, which is home to a substantial source of renewable energy.
The Minister also met with Food and Agriculture Organization Mission to the UN composed of Dan Gustafson, Special Representatives to the DG and Nadine Valat, Head of the Green Climate Fund Unit alongside their team to identify future avenues for cooperation.
She said Pakistan is the third most water-stressed country and we need to streamline mitigation with adaptation as mitigation cannot be done in isolation.
She further elaborated the need for increasing public awareness on the urgency of climate actions and said a robust communication strategy is imperative if the transition has to be initiated. She said people need to be informed of the potential fallout of a looming global climate catastrophe and its impacts on the food chain and biodiversity.
The Minister said Pakistan is in the frontlines of a compounded climate catastrophe; we are facing a cascade of extreme weather events.