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Pakistan starts its preparations for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

Islamabad, February 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Director General for environment at the Ministry of Climate Change, Sajjad Ahmad, has said that the ministry has started a programme that will enable the Government of Pakistan to prepare its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in the coming months, ready for the next global climate summit being in Paris at the end of 2015.

That programme is being coordinated by LEAD-Pakistan, along with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Pakistan Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), the director-general explained.

The LEAD – Pakistan and other associates gave a presentation on the plan and outcome today in the committee room of the Ministry. Sajjad Ahmad said that efforts are currently underway to reduce greenhouse emissions at the global level and respond to climate risks to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, and adapt to changes, Pakistan is already facing.

The international political response to climate change began with the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. The response has progressed from the Kyoto Protocol to a vision of an agreement that recognizes actions from all countries to keep temperature changes at safe levels.

The new agreement is set to be adopted in 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris at the end of this year. As part of the preparation for this agreement, countries have been invited to submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in advance of the COP.

Explaining the INDCs, the participants were briefed during the meeting that during previous climate negotiations, all countries agreed to publicly outline what climate actions they intend to take in the future. When aggregated globally, these INDCs will largely determine whether the world achieves a 2015 agreement that puts us on a path toward a low-carbon future.

A country’s INDC should signal to the world that they are doing their part to combat climate change and limit future climate risks, says World Resource Institute report 2014. The report notes that what can be said more broadly about good INDCs is that they should be ambitious, leading to transformation in carbon-intensive sectors and industry; transparent, so that the level of ambition can be reviewed; and equitable. So that each country does its fair share to address climate change.

Besides, It should also be articulated in a best possible way that how a country is integrating climate change into other national priorities, such as sustainable development and poverty reduction, and send signals to the private sector to contribute to these efforts; and clearly communicate so that domestic and international stakeholders can anticipate how these actions will contribute to global emissions reductions in the future.

“Supporting the INDC Process in Pakistan” First Project will start soon its inception pahse and complete it by start of April 2015 by submitting low carbon scenario analysis with the following deliverables: report on sectoral baseline and six technical chapters on energy, transport, agriculture, forestry, industry and waste. Based on that analysis the actual and second project will be started and completed by September 2015, the meeting was told.

These will include: focus on developing an “INDC Roadmap for Pakistan” to support the Government of Pakistan (GoP) to plan and develop its INDC going forward, with a particular focus on the energy sector; build on and take full account of previous and ongoing work in Pakistan, relating to both policy and data; be fully informed by international experience and lessons learned; include consultation and capacity-building with the GoP, including an internal workshop hosted by the Climate Change Division within a one-week Inception Mission to be held in the week of 16 February 2015; develop a work plan for the further development of Pakistan’s INDC within an appropriate timeline (noting that there is no guarantee that such work will be fully or partially resourced by CDKN).

The director-general Sajjad Ahmad said that the expected outcomes, however, of the work are: progressive sensitisation of key Stakeholders within the Government of Pakistan to INDCs and the benefits and costs they may lead to a more ambitious and comprehensive INDC submission is made by the GoP than would otherwise be the case, leading to more support for climate compatible development within Pakistan.

By this iniative Pakistan will be able to have roadmap for INDCs to be expressed. Pakistan will be joining international community to make its efforts to save the globe. This is an iniative of its kind. Environment wing of the Ministry will be coordinating it.

All Government departments/Ministries/Provincial Governments/Metropolitans will be the key stakeholders and contributors. The general public will have clean air and safer way of life which will contribute to their health, food and environment security.

The sectors will be energy, transport, agriculture, forestry, industry and waste. The Secretary Ministry of Climate Change, Mr. Arif Ahmad Khan, chaired the meeting and approved the work plan. He also directed that the time lines be adhered to.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Saleem
Deputy Director
Media and Communication
Ministry of Climate Change
Government of Pakistan
LG and RD Complex, G-5/2, ISLAMABAD
Ph: 051-9245565
E-mail: moccpakistan@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.mocc.gov.pk/

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