Islamabad, December 07, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan delegation led by Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change actively participated in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change sponsored negotiations being held in Doha, Qatar, The Secretary delivered the Country Statement at the High Level Segment.
He congratulated the Government of the State of Qatar for assuming the Presidency of the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. He emphasized that Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with the brotherly country of Qatar in assisting and discharging this mandate.
He said that the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol represents a turning point in the global climate change regime – one that could shape how global cooperation on climate change will be governed up to and beyond 2020.
He highlighted that Pakistan is being negatively affected by climate change, undermining its sustainable development prospects. In the past decade alone, nine out of ten extreme events that Pakistan faced carried significant climate change footprints. These included flash floods, cyclones, heat waves, droughts, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods and intrusion of saline seawater into the Indus River Delta Region.
Pakistan would like to reiterate that a balanced and ambitious set of outcome at Doha is vital to achieving a robust, participatory, inclusive and universal regime. Such a regime must build on the Bali Plan of action, Cancun and Durban decisions. Pakistan proposed that an amendment in Kyoto Protocol regarding further mitigation commitments of annex-I Parties for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol starting on 1 January 2013, and a set of balanced outcomes under the Long Term Cooperative.
Consistent with our position. Pakistan is ready to undertake measurable, reportable and verifiable national actions to contribute to global mitigation actions subject to provision of necessary finance and technology support.
In the conclusion he also emphasized the need for an inclusive and party-driven negotiating process that must continue to guide our work in the remaining deliberations.
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