ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is committed to green growth through the ‘Ten Billion Trees Plantation Initiative’, expansion of protected areas, and the ‘Recharge Pakistan’ project, which will provide up to 185,000 green jobs for youth, this was stated by Minister for Climate Change and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Malik Amin Aslam by delivering a video message in the second P4G Summit held on the 30th and 31st of May, 2021.

The summit was hosted by the government of the Republic of Korea. Government leaders and top officials from 46 countries including Pakistan and heads of 21 international organizations, along with representatives from the business sector and civil society, took part in the conference.

Minister Amin Aslam mentioned that focusing on the green growth, Pakistan has set up the Ecosystem Restoration Fund, launched its first green Eurobonds and consulted with other countries on a debt-for-nature swap.

The P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030) is a global initiative aimed at facilitating public-private partnerships to tackle climate change and achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

This year due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Summit was held virtually and mustered international solidarity required to build back better and greener from the COVID-19 crisis and be a stepping stone for the success of the 2021 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The summit engaged world leaders in dialogues on Inclusive Green Recovery from COVID-19, Efforts of the International Community to Achieve Carbon-Neutrality by 2050 and the Efforts to Strengthen Climate Action and to Facilitate Public-Private Partnerships through Inclusive Green Recovery.

At the end of the Summit, the leaders adopted the Seoul Declaration, calling for the engagement of governments, businesses and civil society as part of “collective solutions” to global climate change and to achieve green recovery for current and future generations.

It is worth a mention here that Pakistan will host World Environment Day this year on June 5.

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