Reliable availability of energy, essential water to ensure sustainable economic growth: Sherry

Reliable availability of energy, essential water to ensure sustainable economic growth: Sherry

Climate Change Minister Senator Sherry Rehman said sufficient, reliable, clean and cost-effective availability of energy, water and food is essential to ensure sustainable economic growth and development.

Speaking to World Bank Country Director Najy Benhassine in Islamabad today (Monday), she said the country must strive for a cleaner and greener Pakistan.

They also discussed ongoing projects in Pakistan by the World Bank.

The Minister was briefed on the overall objective of the Bank’s climate initiatives in Pakistan.

While discussing the importance of all the projects, Minister Sherry said these programs are extremely vital to achieving our climate goals.

She said the infrastructure needed in the direction of a clean energy transition still appears to be under-resourced for Pakistan, which is home to a substantial source of renewable energy.

The Minister also met with the mission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations composed of Dan Gustafson, Special Representatives to the DG and Nadine Valat, Head of the Green Climate Fund Unit alongside their team to identify future avenues of cooperation.

She said Pakistan is the third most water stressed country and we need to mainstream mitigation with adaptation as mitigation cannot be done in isolation.

She further clarified the need to raise public awareness of the urgency of climate action and said a strong communication strategy is imperative if the transition is to be initiated. She said people needed to be made aware of the potential fallout from an impending global climate catastrophe and its impacts on the food chain and biodiversity.

Minister says Pakistan is on frontline of escalating climate disaster; we face a cascade of extreme weather events.

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