Need to implement COP27 loss and damage fund: Shehbaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif highlighted on Thursday the need to practically implement the COP27 loss and damage fund, terming it the global North’s realisation of climate change, reported local media.

Addressing the event ‘COP27 and Beyond: Pakistan’s Resilience Challenges’ on Thursday, the premier called for seriousness towards the challenge of climate change, saying that what had happened in Pakistan would not stay in Pakistan. The event was arranged in the light of Pakistan’s successful diplomacy at COP27 Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, last weekend.

“Our friends in the global north, they should and they have realised the importance of this challenge. And that is why it has made a remarkable agreement at Sharm El-Sheikh,” PM Shehbaz said. “Loss and damage fund is now a reality. But then, it’s not about these agreements and understandings. It’s about practical implementation.”

The premier appreciated the efforts of all those involved for achieving “which was almost impossible.” He highlighted that the unprecedented floods in Pakistan had affected 33 million, left 800 dead, and inflicted around $30 billion loss to the country’s agriculture, industry, infrastructure and livestock.

He thanked the donor countries, organisations, and local philanthropists for supporting the flood survivors apart from lauding the role of provincial governments and other government for their efforts towards relief and rehabilitation of victims.

PM Shehbaz added that the “loss and damage fund was like a sleeping beauty for the decade” and for the first time, it was articulated by the team led by the ministers for foreign affairs and climate change.

He said Pakistan had been seeking justice for the loss inflicted by climate change because the country had nothing to do with it except less than 1 per cent contribution to carbon emission.

The prime minister also appreciated the role of diplomats, experts and other ministries including economic affairs, planning, information, and every citizen who contributed to making the world realise what had happened in Pakistan.

The 27th annual Conference of Parties under The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded at Sharm El Sheikh last weekend. The two-week-long conference resulted in a historical commitment — establishing a loss and damage fund for countries vulnerable to climate change.

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