UNITED NATIONS, April 23 (APP): Pakistan is strengthening its institutional structures to step up action to stave off the most drastic effects of climate change, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the international community here.

Speaking after the signing of the Paris climate agreement at the UN General Assembly, which met at a high level, he said Pakistan, a country profoundly vulnerable to global warming, would establish a climate change council and climate change authority, adding that more than 5 percent of its annual budget was allocated to climate change activities.

At the same time, the Minister emphasized that adequate resources were critical for climate actions in developing countries. Noting that trillions of dollars were needed globally to effectively respond to climate change impacts, Nisar Ali Khan said the bulk of this amount has to be spent in developing countries, as their challenges and needs were enormous.