Pakistan not invited to Summit on Climate – a country which started billion tree tsunami project
Pakistan's omission from the list of invitees to the conference has raised concerns as the country is among those most vulnerable to climate change.
The newly elected President of the United States, Joe Biden, has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate. He will host the conference on the 22nd and the 23rd of April. The virtual Leaders Summit will be live-streamed for public viewing.
The Leaders Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of more decisive climate action.
Just in: POTUS has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. Among the names…Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: pic.twitter.com/dnm5tYsQY7
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 26, 2021
However, in the list of 40 leaders, name of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was missing.
Pakistan’s omission from the list of invitees to the conference has raised concerns as the country is among those most vulnerable to climate change.
Biden’s decision is also surprising as climate change has been a key area of focus for Prime Minister Imran Khan. The country under his leadership has taken several necessary steps to fight climate change, including an ambitious project to plant a billion trees.
The Deputy Director of the Asia Program, Michael Kugelman, also tweeted that Pakistan certainly qualifies to be a part of the summit at least it meets one of the four criteria.
Many in Pakistan are unhappy Imran Khan isn't on list of invitees. It appears the main criteria for being invited are (1) close partner of the US or (2) a major polluter or (3) highly vulnerable to climate change or (4) some combo of 1,2,3.
Pakistan certainly qualifies for (3). https://t.co/wnafJrK16m
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) March 26, 2021
Many Journalists and experts have raised concerns on why PM Imran Khan has not been invited to Biden’s climate summit.
Of the world’s 10 most populous countries, Pakistan — the 5th largest country in the world — is the only one not on this list. https://t.co/7WDp2LrVVd
— Madiha Afzal (@MadihaAfzal) March 27, 2021
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) March 27, 2021
@POTUS not inviting Pakistan underscores tht Islamabad has lost its salience for US leaders. Although, Pak is still imp for US frm Afghan persp but Afg peace too is low on Biden admin’s priority list. Comp with China is driving US FP. In tht light u can see where Pk stands for US https://t.co/vNcFoxWBw0
— Baqir Sajjad 刃切流 挫邪怒 (@baqirsajjad) March 27, 2021
Shocked not to see PM IK in this list. https://t.co/qEjN9i9IUA
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) March 27, 2021
Biden invites leaders from 40 countries including Bhutan to attend the climate summit but Pakistan was not in the list. This may not be a surprise as ex-US envoy said at the Islamabad dialogue that Pakistan lost great deal of importance in the minds of leadership of Washington. https://t.co/A1hQzhNIdw
— Kamran Yousaf (@Kamran_Yousaf) March 27, 2021
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