STAFF REPORT ISB: Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, an NGO, has recently organized a debrief on COP21 to discuss the outcome of COP21 and way forward.
Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, was the chief guest at the occasion while Hina Lotia, Director Programmes, LEAD Pakistan, highlighted the objectives of debrief and the deliberations. It is important to note that COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference 2015 successfully reached a historic agreement to combat climate change.
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, and Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), hoped that the Paris Climate Agreement, ratified by almost 200 nations, will help to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and also contribute towards efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman, NDMA, gave a keynote address and highlighted NDMAs role in adapting to climate change and how DRR (disaster risk reduction) is being looked from the preparedness and resilience perspective.
Key decisions on COP21 were discussed by experts including Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Malik Amin Aslam, VP Global IUCN and Chair KPs Green Growth Initiative; Aisha Khan, CEO, MGPO; Nadeem Ahmad, Policy Analyst, LEAD Pakistan; Dr Ghulam Rasool, DG, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General Forests (IGF).