Efforts by Pakistan appreciated by the international community, as the World Economic Forum awards the title of “Champion for Nature” to Pakistan.
According to reports of Baaghi TV, the World Economic Forum has invited Malik Amin Aslam to receive the title of Champion for Nature.
Malik Amin Aslam will receive the international award for Pakistan from the World Economic Forum. Pakistan was awarded the World Award for making environmentally friendly decisions during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Pakistani government provided thousands of tree-planting jobs, the Billion Tree Tsunami, the creation of national parks, and the ban on plastic bags.
Malik Amin Aslam says that Clean Green Pakistan and the policies of the Prime Minister also earned him international recognition.
Even before this award, the Billion Tree Tsunami project was gaining international recognition, with international organizations calling Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts exemplary. The letter, written by international organizations, was read out in the cabinet by Malik Amin Aslam, an environmental adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan. The letter said that following the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, it would be easier to tackle the environmental challenges. The letter added that problems such as unemployment, environmental issues, deforestation and groundwater depletion would be resolved. There is no doubt that your Billion Tree project was a success.
It may be recalled that Pakistan is one of the countries most affected by climate change but, it has achieved the thirteenth target of sustainable development ten years ahead of schedule. The United Nations congratulated Pakistan. The annual report on sustainable development of the United Nations was presented, according to which Pakistan has already achieved the target number of climate action thirteen to ten years prior.
The annual report reviews the progress of various countries around the world in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 13 aims to maximize planting, conserve biodiversity, and focus on investing in environmentally friendly or clean energy.
Pakistan has launched several programs for all three purposes. These include programs such as the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Program, the Clean Green Pakistan Initiative, the Clean Green Pakistan Index, the Protected Areas Initiative (creation of 15 new national parks) and Green Growth. Pakistan continues to implement programs in collaboration with UNDP.
Regarding the Sustainable Development and Goals in Pakistan, Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to the Prime Minister, said that it is a day of great joy for Pakistan that the 13th Sustainable Development Goals have been achieved this year.
Malik Amin Aslam while talking to a foreign news agency said that the United Nations together with all the countries had set 17 targets for sustainable development in 2015 and they have to be completed by 2030. This thirteenth goal was also to be achieved by our Ministry, which is fortunate to have been achieved ahead of time.
According to the news agency, for a long time Pakistan has been one of the countries where the forest area has always been declining, but in recent years the situation has changed. According to a World Wide Fund (WWF) report, Pakistan recently launched the Billion Tree Project, which has resulted in a six percent increase in forest cover in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Malik Amin Aslam further said that this development shows that Pakistan is committed to achieving the set goals of sustainable development.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Pakistan, Elona Nicolitz, welcomed the development and said, “We congratulate Pakistan on behalf of the United Nations Development Program. Gathered to review the annual report, and proudly, Pakistan has achieved the thirteenth goal of sustainable development. Pakistan is moving towards environmentally friendly energy, which is in the interest of not only Pakistan but also the international community.” Pakistan is one of the ten countries most affected by climate change over the past twenty years, due to its geographical location, according to this year’s report by the German watch index, an organization active for environmental protection.
It may be recalled that in January this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan met Prof. Claus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, at the Congress Center of the World Economic Forum. In the meeting, the Prime Minister congratulated Prof. Schwab on his 50th meeting.
Talking on the occasion, PM Imran Khan said that the issues highlighted in the World Economic Forum this year are also related to Pakistan. Ten billion trees are being planted under the Clean and Green Program, and trees are being planted in the country to combat the effects of climate change.
PM Imran Khan further said that the professionalism of the youth is being enhanced to make them partners in economic development, the forum can engage with Pakistan in poverty alleviation and education.
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