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Pakistan achieves UN climate action goals 10 years ahead of deadline

Pakistan has achieved a crucial milestone by meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13, which is combating climate change and its impacts, 10 years ahead of the deadline. The UN Sustainable Development Report 2020 revealed the encouraging news on our road to environmental protection. Although Pakistan is geographically prone to the adverse effects of global warming and climate change, this news is extremely reassuring in regards to our efforts against climate change. The Ministry of Climate change announced the landmark achievement on their official page, congratulating the entire nation.

How Pakistan turned green?

The recent government of Pakistan under PM Imran Khan, invested in key green projects; 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Program, Clean Green Pakistan Initiative, Clean Green Pakistan Index, Protected Areas Initiative (15 new national parks), Ecosystem Restoration Fund for facilitating green growth and attaining Land Degradation Neutrality. The government also initiated steps to convert China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project into China Pakistan Green Economic Corridor project. These projects were spot on in achieving the clean and green Pakistan objective.

Achieving this goal had never been more vital than it is today. Our country is faced with the constant threat of increasing floods, heat waves, droughts and melting glaciers. Now Pakistan must maintain its efforts and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and preserving the environment for a sustainable future.

UNDP Pakistan and Ministry of Climate Change: a collaborative partnership

“This is an outstanding achievement for Pakistan to attain the crucial ‘Goal 13 – Climate Action’ well before the 2030 deadline”, Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change, identified. “With this milestone, Pakistan has demonstrated its commitment to the clean and green future and contribution to global efforts to tackle the challenge of climate change,” he said.

UNDP Pakistan appraised the achievement with a message on Twitter: “Pakistan has achieved SDG13 well before the 2030 deadline with the technical support from ‪UNDP”. It also shared that “‪UNDP in Pakistan and ‪Climate Change PK celebrate the achievement of ‪SDG 13 and our longstanding strategic partnership.”

A precise collaboration and persistent effort on the government’s part made this possible for Pakistan.

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