Pre-COP 23 All Stakeholder Consultative Dialogue(Nationally Determined Contributions)

Aug 23 2017 | 01:10:55
To prepare for COP23, the Ministry of Climate Change (Government of Pakistan) and the Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change (CSCCC) jointly organized a series of thematic workshops that discussed key issues in context of the upcoming COP23 session in Bonn. The six series dialogue concluded with the session on Nationally Determined Contribution, held on August 23, 2017 at the Ministry of Climate Change in Islamabad, and was chaired by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Tariq Waseem Ghazi. The workshop was well attended by government officials, civil society members, and academia. Participants highlighted the impacts that Pakistan faces due to climate change, and identified key sectors, and leverage points where potential solutions could be implemented in line with the NDC document that Pakistan had submitted to the UNFCCC. Irfan Tariq, DC-Environment and Climate Change from the Ministry of Climate Change (Government of Pakistan) provided an overview of Pakistan's NDC and reiterated its commitment to engage in climate negotiations under the UNFCCC. He also informed participants that the country's NDC was determined and approved by the highest public office, and experts from all sectors were engaged during its preparations. The workshop concluded with participants identifying key recommendations on Pakistan's position at the upcoming COP23 in Bonn. Key elements for Pakistan in relation to NDC discussions under UNFCCC relate to transparency of action and support as agreed in the Paris Agreement, and to ensure thatdecisions adopted by the COP reflect the principles of CBDR. In his concluding remarks, the Secretary Mo/CC expressed his gratitude to all the participants for their valuable contributions and said that he looked forward to strengthening this partnership with civil society to enrich the climate discourse and make it more inclusive and participatory.