UNDP celebrates Social Good Summit with tree plantation drive

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change, UNDP and students of Behbud Complex School, Saidpur village, celebrated the Social Good Summit (SGS) with a tree plantation drive and distributing reusable bags to the general public in market spaces in Islamabad on Monday.

The SGS was launched ten years ago by Mashable, United Nations Foundation, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations Development Program, for the purpose of bringing together global thought leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists, and influential voices from around the globe for constructive dialogue and on-stage activations.

This year, the 10th Annual Social Good Summit is focused on the catastrophic effect of climate change, and galvanizing efforts to save our planet.

Present at the tree plantation drive was the Chief Guest and Minister of State, Zartaj Gul of Ministry of Climate Change Pakistan, Ignacio Artaza, Resident Representative of UNDP Pakistan, and Samina Baig, Goodwill Ambassador UNDP Pakistan. Saplings were provided to the students by UNDP, who planted them in their school’s ground. The students also took an oath to care for the saplings they planted.

While planting the sapling with the students, Ignacio Artaza, Resident Representative UNDP Pakistan said, “Pakistan is amongst the top 8 countries suffering from the impact of climate change. UNDP wants to invite young people to take action to address climate change. Progress to overcome climate change can only take place when we all get involved.”

Zartaj Gul, Minister of State, at Ministry of Climate Change said at the occasion, “This is a good initiative. Students are a great agent of change. If you love Pakistan, keep Pakistan clean and green and plant a tree.” The students also interacted with Samina Baig who relegated them with her tales of mountaineering. She said, “We all should contribute to the environment, and tree plantation is important for our future. I am happy to be part of this initiative.”

The tree plantation drive was followed by distribution of reusable bags amongst the students. The students then joined the UNDP team in distributing the bags to the general public in market spaces in Islamabad.