Pakistan’s first-ever National Adaptation Plan on Climate Change unveiled
National Adaptation Plan (NAP) of Pakistan was unveiled on August 3, 2023 by Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. The core objective of the Plan is to enhance the nation’s resilience against adverse impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.
NAP is a framework for implementing large-scale environmental adaptation, building climate resilience, promoting inclusivity, and facilitating collaboration among different stakeholders, and serves as an effective tool for climate finance mobilisation.
The unveiling ceremony was arranged at PM Secretariat by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination (MOCCEC). Prime Minister of Pakistan was the Chief Guests whereas, the ceremony attended by the Ministers, Member Parliaments, Ambassadors, Diplomats, High Officials, Media Persons, General Public, etc. President ECOSF Prof. Seyed Komail Tayebi along with Manager (Admin) Ghulam Abbas Rahar also attended the Ceremony on special invitation.
Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif highly appreciated the efforts of the MOCCEC especially Minister of MOCCEC H.E. Senator Sherry Rehman for preparing an important Plan to combat the crisis of climate change in Pakistan. He urged international community to join and help Pakistan to tackle the crisis of climate amicably.
Minister of MOCCEC H.E. Senator Sherry Rehman welcomed all the distinguished guests and participants. She also shared important points of the plan. She further said that the initiative marks a big step forward in Pakistan's commitment to combat the challenges posed by climate change.
She said that, after the 2022 mega-flood impacted 33 million people of Pakistan and broke all records of monsoon flooding in the world, the plan became an urgent need for the country.
UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Julien Harneis also addressed and praised the efforts of Pakistan especially during COP-27 in Egypt last year (2022) to sensitize the international community about disastrous effects faced by Pakistan due to Green House Gases (GHGs) in the shape of flooding and melting the glaciers. He assured maximum possible support of UNDP for the cause.