After initially barring Pakistan from President Joe Biden’s Climate Change Conference, the US has extended an invitation to the country.
In this context, a letter was sent to Pakistan, addressed to Malik Amin Aslam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, inviting him to participate as a prominent speaker at the virtual Leaders’ Summit.
Last month, the US President invited 40 international leaders to the summit, including those from India, China, and Bangladesh; however, no one from Pakistan was invited.
Aslam acknowledged that he had received the invitation and that he will seek permission from Prime Minister Imran Khan to attend tomorrow.
When Pakistan was left off the list of guests, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his displeasure by saying he was “puzzled by the cacophony.”
“Our commitment to our future generations of a clean and green Pakistan to mitigate the impact of climate change drives the [Pakistani] government’s environmental policies,” the PM explained.
According to the Prime Minister, this commitment resulted in initiatives such as Green Pakistan, the 10 billion tree tsunami, nature-based solutions, and river cleaning.
Pakistan’s absence from the climate change summit has raised serious concerns, as the country is among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
After several weeks, US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry has written a letter to Federal Minister Malik Amin Aslam. During the meeting, Amin will discuss his thoughts on climate change.
The meeting’s goal, according to the letter from the US official to Aslam, is to “identify methods to improve cooperative global efforts against the climate issue.”
“The US will announce a 2030 target for the Paris Agreement during the summit,” the letter stated, adding that “the heads of the nations most affected by climate change have also been invited to the meeting.”