Pakistan Gears Up to Attend COP-23

Oct 16 2017 | 11:10:51
World Leaders will begin to gather in Bonn next month, between 6th and 17th November 2017, at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) to discuss the next steps in implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. This Agreement, which Pakistan is committed to, aims to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, and Pakistan, which is a signatory to this agreement, will be actively participating in the conference to portray key climate challenges to the world. On 16th October, the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) and the Ministry of Climate Change co hosted a ‘Pre COP23 Media Dialogue’ to bring together the media and policy makers to engage in a conversation on the multi-dimensional aspects of climate change.  The dialogue was attended by climate change and environment journalists from electronic media, print media and broadcast media, as well as the Secretary for Climate Change, Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, DG Irfan Tariq, who spoke at length to help to enhance understanding of the complexities and intricacies involved in addressing climate change challenges, sensitize public opinion, facilitate access to information and provide recommendations on workable strategies for way forward.  Speaking at the event, Aisha Khan, Chief Executive of CSCCC, highlighted the importance of engaging media to cover Pakistan’s progress on combatting climate change. ‘COP23 is a landmark conference that will set the tone for how the Paris Agreement will be implemented’ she said. ‘the delegation from Pakistan is taking some important messages from our civil society to the conference, and the role of the media is to ensure that awareness around these issues is raised, and momentum is built in the general public regarding Pakistan’s stance at the conference’. Ministry of Climate Change officials shared their perspectives on climate change and exchanged views and ideas that affect policy at both the national and international levels, to enable the Pakistani media to better cover climate change and the upcoming COP23 in mainstream media publications.