“From COP21 to COP22: handing over the French Presidency to Morocco for the upcoming Climate Change Conference” (Islamabad, 31st October 2016)
H.E. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France to Pakistan hosted on Monday 31 October a reception to mark the handover of the French Presidency of COP21 to the Moroccan Presidency of COP22, from the Paris Climate Change Conference to the upcoming Marrakesh one which will take place from 7 to 18 November.
The reception was attended by the Chief Guest, federal Minister for Climate Change, Mr. Zahid Hamid, the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Moroccan Embassy and many diplomats, government officials, members of Parliament and representatives from the civil society.
The Ambassador appreciated the government of Pakistan for all the efforts displayed before and after the COP21 and thanked the Pakistani authorities for their constant cooperation on the subject. The awareness on the threats posed by climate change was raising in Pakistan and needed to be stressed, in a country so vulnerable to its effects.
She welcomed the multiple announcements made by the Minister for Climate Change: the upcoming ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement by Pakistan before the COP22 as well as the upcoming submission of a new national contribution by Pakistan.
The central role of the civil society was also underlined by its Representative, Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel. The creation of a Pakistan Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) after the “Pakistan sey Paris” Forum which had taken place in Lahore in October 2015, was a very positive sign. The CSCCC is a new platform of like-minded organizations formed with the objective of raising awareness about climate change, strengthening adaptive capacity and fostering partnerships that will contribute towards building resilience and reducing vulnerability in the country.
This reception was the occasion to take stock of the conclusions of the pre COP22 event “Pakistan se Marrakesh: Framing the Pakistan Agenda for COP22” which took place at the Serena hotel Islamabad on 28th of October, which aim was to bring legislators, policy makers, civil society and media to discuss the key elements of the Pakistan’s INDC before the next COP. This seminar was attended, among many stakeholders, by Minister Zahid Hamid and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi.