In this year’s proceedings of United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi presented the stance on various issues faced by Pakistan and to the region of South Asia. One important issue he discussed was climate change which is now a global phenomenon accepted by everyone in the world.
PM Abbasi stated that, “Climate change poses a new and existential threat to mankind’s future. Extreme climate events are multiplying: Their consequences – flooding in Texas, landslides in Nepal and Sierra Leone, devastation in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, disappearing Himalayan glaciers – are global and indiscriminate.” It is clear from this fact that the world is facing a mutual threat which needs collaborative measures from the world community to deal with it.
The seriousness of this issue can be known by the fact that climate change has become life-threatening at a much larger level than apprehended by all. World Health Organization (WHO) has presented some reports that clearly describes the practical implications of Climate Change. Pakistan is one of those countries who have their minimal role in carbon emissions and spreading greenhouse gases, but unfortunately it is directly hit by the consequences of the climate change.
If we take a look at Pakistan’s vision 2025 to fulfill Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will find climate change as their important component. Pakistan has already started taking some serious steps towards it. It has already established a Ministry of Climate Change which is gradually becoming functional. But there are some specific areas that Pakistan really needs to give extra attention. This includes water and air pollutants which are causing numerous diseases in people which are specifically causing stomach and respiratory issues in people. As climate change is causing devastating floods at some places and droughts at other, there is a sheer need of building proper vessels for storing fresh water along with water-filtration plants. Due to the aforementioned disasters, infectious diseases like diarrhea, cholera, malnutrition and other such diseases spread like fire making these calamities all more challenging.
Pakistan is in need of assistance from the world to cope with the challenges posed by the climate change as it will not only harm Pakistan but also to other countries around the world. PM Abbasi also talked about it at UNGA saying, “As one of the most vulnerable states to climate change, we believe that it is in our collective interest to pursue and realize the goals of the Paris Agreement and build a new and greener model for growth and development” which clearly highlights the seriousness of this issue.