President Biden’s special envoy pledges support against global warming

Zubair Qureshi

Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Sherry Rehman, on Thursday received a phone call from John Kerry, the US President’s Special Envoy for Climate, and discussed with him Pakistan’s roadmap to adopt a climate-friendly policy. .

The Federal Minister pointed out that Pakistan is consistently ranked among the ten most vulnerable countries in the world affected by climate change, which has now become an existential threat to the country.

Rehman briefed Senator Kerry on Pakistan’s accelerating vulnerability to the climate crisis, saying that despite producing less than one percent of GHG emissions, Pakistan is now ground zero for a global climate catastrophe. The country is going from unprecedented heat waves to critical glacial melt, drought one month and flooding another. While commitments with high climate ambition are important, including NDCs which include a huge energy transition.

Briefing Mr. Kerry on NDCs, the Minister noted that “with the current global energy crisis and the disruption of supply chains caused by the war in Ukraine, including the invisible costs of the pandemic for countries vulnerable to climate, energy transitions face an uncertain timetable. , therefore technical and financial assistance is the need of the hour. They discussed the need for a just energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables and pledged to renew the working partnership between PAK and the United States. Additionally, they spoke about Pakistan’s commitment to a global methane commitment and suggested cooperation on the way forward.

Teresa H. Sadler