In a positive development, US invites Pakistan to climate change summit

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The United States has invited Pakistan to President Joe Biden’s Climate Change Conference after initially excluding it from the list of attendees,Following Pakistan’s initial exclusion from the summit, Prime Minister Imran Khan had responded by saying he was “puzzled at the cacophony”.Pakistani] government’s environmental policies are driven solely by our commitment to our future generations of a clean and green Pakistan to mitigate the impact of climate change,” explained the PM.As per the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, issued by German Watch, a non-profit organisation, Pakistan is the fifth-most vulnerable country to climate change.

However, after a few weeks, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry penned a letter to the Federal Minister and Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam.

The special envoy invited Aslam on behalf of the US President to express his views on climate change during the summit.

“The meeting aims to find ways to strengthen joint global efforts against the climate crisis,” the letter from the US official to Aslam said.

“At the summit, the United States will set a 2030 target for the Paris Agreement,” the letter said, adding: “The heads of the countries most affected by climate change have also been invited to the meeting.”

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