Islamabad: Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, while participating in the open debate of the United Nations Security Council on “The Impact of Climate Change on Maintenance of International Peace and Security” said that climate change is an inescapable reality for Pakistan, which has already started manifesting itself with increasing intensity and ferocity. Mentioning last year’s disaster caused due to unprecedented floods in Pakistan, the Ambassador said that Pakistan is one of the worst victims of Climate Change, and this is no longer a choice but imperative for Pakistan to address this threat seriously, says a press release today from New York.
Ambassador Haroon said, “Pakistan’s vast glacial area covers around 15000 square km, which are in rapid retreat. The rate of glacial recession which has gone up by 23% in the previous decade is faster than any other part of the world.”
Highlighting negative impact of climate change on Pakistan economy, The Ambassador said, Climate Change affects almost all sectors of the country particularly water resources, energy, health, forestry, biodiversity with a particularly significant impact on agricultural productivity. Of Pakistan’s total area, 24% is cultivated out of which 80% is irrigated by water flowing through the predominantly glacier fed rivers of the county, he mentioned.
The Ambassador further said, “Conflict, not cooperation, is fast becoming the world condition. If we are to have any chance at disaster-prevention or consequence-management, we must act quickly and decisively. The coming catastrophes will exacerbate the current conflicts.” Pakistan strongly believes to urgently address the threat posed by climate change to all developing countries. We are particularly worried about the existential peril of rising sea levels rise for a number of developing countries most notably the Small Island Developing States.
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