Pakistan achieves UN climate action goal 10 years ahead of deadline

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The Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project aims to slow down the effects of global warming in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s continuous efforts and initiatives of large-scale afforestation, biodiversity conservation, investment in clean energy, electric vehicles and green jobs to combat climate change impacts have earned the country worldwide acclaim, said Aslam. Detailing some of the key green projects he mentioned 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Program, Clean Green Pakistan Initiative, Clean Green Pakistan Index, Protected Areas Initiative (15 new national parks), Ecosystem Restoration Fund for facilitating green growth and policies consistent with the objectives of Pakistan’s Nationally Determined Contribution and attaining Land Degradation Neutrality. These initiatives have been taken to prevent and to be better prepared for the threat of climate change experienced by the country such as floods, heat waves, droughts and melting glaciers.

Transition to green economy and green future is at the core of Pakistan government’s policies spearheaded by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The government has initiated steps to “convert China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project into China Pakistan Green Economic Corridor project”, the premier’s aide said. “We have deferred 2740 MW of imported coal projects signed by the previous government and replaced it by zero-carbon and hydropower projects of 3700 MW” the advisor informed. “This shift [towards clean energy] shows the government’s commitment to climate-friendly and sustainable development beneficial for both Pakistan and the global community.”

UNDP Pakistan hailed the achievement with this message on Twitter: “Pakistan has achieved SDG13‬ well before the 2030 deadline with the technical support from ‪UNDP‬”. It was also shared that “‪UNDP in Pakistan‬ and ‪Climate Change PK‬ celebrate the achievement of ‪SDG13‬ and our longstanding strategic partnership.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬