Pakistan and South Korea discuss climate change and science diplomacy
Pakistan held a bilateral dialogue with South Korea on Climate Change and Science to enhance cooperation and explore avenues to deal with the climate crisis.
According to a Foreign Office statement, the first round of bilateral dialogue on Climate Change and Science was held between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (IROP) and the Republic of Korea (RoK) in a virtual format on Thursday.
The Pakistani side was led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Director General (United Nations).
The delegation of South Korea was lead by the Director-General (Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Scientific Affairs Bureau), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ambassadors of Pakistan and South Korea in the respective countries also attended the meeting.
According to the statement, the two sides exchanged views on mutual interest issues and explored avenues for boosting bilateral cooperation and engagement in Climate Change and Science Diplomacy.
The discussions covered the Paris Agreement’s implementation, the forthcoming Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), and avenues for potential collaboration in Science, Technology, and Innovation.
While underlining national priorities for the forthcoming COP-26, the Pakistan side urged that climate change negotiations must be escorted by the principles of Equity and ‘Common But differentiated Responsibilities.’
It was emphasized that Pakistan remained fully committed to addressing climate change and launched several key initiatives.
Some of the projects initiated are the ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project,’ the Alternate & Renewable Energy Policy, and the Electric Vehicle Policy.
In addition to sharing its vision and perspectives, the South Korean side also briefed the Pakistan delegation on the Partnering for Green Growth & the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) Summit scheduled to be held in Seoul later this year.
The two sides conveyed the desire to create a structured dialogue process on Climate Change and Science by holding periodic meetings at regular intervals, the communiqué concluded.
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