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High-level delegation from Open Government Partnership Secretariat calls on Climate Change Minister

Islamabad, July 26, 2017 (PPI-OT):High level delegation from Open Government Partnership Secretariat (OGP) today met the Federal Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change at Ministry of Law and Justice, Islamabad. The Secretary, Climate Change Division and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present at this occasion. The high level delegation included Mr. Joseph Powel, Deputy CEO, Mr. John Mahoney, Program Officer and Ms. Shreya Basu, Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia-Pacific-OGP.

Currently, Government of Pakistan is in the process of preparation of National Action Plan (NAP) to OGP with stakeholder’s consultation. The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and adoption of new technologies to strengthen governance. It is currently headed by the French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron.

The OGP was formally launched in 2011 when 08 founding governments endorsed the OGP declaration and announced their country’s Action Plans. At present, 75 OGP participating countries and 15 sub-national governments have made over 2500 commitments to make their respective governments more open, rational and accountable. Fiscal transparency, access to information, citizen engagement / civil liberties, access to justice, strengthening accountability are the thematic areas of OGP.

The Federal Minister briefed the high level delegation that Ministry of Climate Change has reiterated its commitments regarding sharing and placement of open data on National Climate Change Policy and its implementation alongside Ministry’s efforts in the field of Climate Finance on its official website.

The Ministry is institutionalizing the role of civil society in climate related decision making processes/policies/agreements at national/ sub-national and international levels. This will be manifested through government – civil society consultations in pre and post-UNFCCC COPs scenario. The Ministry will work with private sector to encourage clean / green business development for promoting climate action. The encouragement of bringing in innovation and building capacity of relevant stakeholders are the fundamental objectives of the Ministry.

The Federal Minister briefed the participants that Pakistan is the 7th most vulnerable country on account of impacts of climate change despite having its negligible contribution in overall global GHG emissions. Pakistan has witnessed sea intrusion, glacial melt, desertification, floods and other impacts of climate change in recent decades.

Pakistan has recently passed the climate law i.e. Pakistan Climate Change Act-2016 and Pakistan is fully aware of its national and international obligations under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Prime Minister of Pakistan has recently launched 3.8 billion rupees project titled as “Green Pakistan Program” for afforestation. Pakistan is fully prepared and willing to extend its role in building international cooperation in order to tackle climate change nationally and internationally.

The OGP delegation briefed that Pakistan’s participation in the forum will bring forth more accountability. The OGP official briefed that OGP is a forum, on which countries can showcase their achievements and commitments. It will also provide an opportunity to Pakistan for sharing of ideas and experiences and for learning of best practices employed in the member countries.

For more information, contact:
Deputy Director
Media and Communication
Ministry of Climate Change
Government of Pakistan
LG and RD Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9245565
E-mail: moccpakistan@hotmail.com
Website: www.mocc.gov.pk

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