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Pakistan, Germany join hands on climate pact

Pakistan and Germany on Friday signed an agreement to launch a process of Climate Partnership between the two countries for deepening cooperation and collaboration in climate change, environmental sustainability, and green development sectors.

The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Berlin. High-level officials of both countries, including Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, attended the ceremony.

Aslam said the German government is ready to join hands with Pakistan for the implementation of various environmental and climate change-related initiatives taken under PM Imran Khan’s vision for a clean and green Pakistan.

According to a press release issued here on Saturday by the Ministry of Climate Change, the climate partnership aims to augment Pakistan’s national climate action and increase its climate resilience to the negative effects of climate change and environmental sustainability.

“The climate partnership process, in fact, aims to strengthen the latter’s national climate action being taken as a part of global climate action through joint work in areas including Nature Bonds, Climate Finance and Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy and Water Conservation,” emphasized Malik Amin.

The global climate action was launched by the world community under the 2015 global Paris climate agreement for staving off socio-economic deleterious impacts of global warming.

The letter on climate partnership agreement was signed by Sara Ijaz, Charge de Affaires at the Embassy of Pakistan on behalf of the Ministry of Climate Change and Prof. Dr. Claudia Warning, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

At the signing event, the German official said in her speech that owing to Pakistan’s impressive track record of cooperation in the field of climate change, it was a pioneer country for this partnership between Germany and Pakistan.

Malik Amin Aslam highlighted that the letter of intent includes nature-based solutions, upscaling measures related to renewable energy, carbon markets, and nature performance bonds. He also expressed hope that the partnership would prove exemplary and provide a model for the international community in tackling common climate challenges and restoring ecosystems.

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