Zahid Hamid, US officials for bilateral cooperation in climate change area

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 16 (APP): Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid Friday discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation in the area of climate change with senior officials of the State Department including with United States Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing.

The minister represented Pakistan at an international
conference “Our Ocean” hosted by US State Department at Washington DC from 15 16 September, 2016, said a message received here.

The conference deliberated on issues related to marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution and climate related impacts on the ocean.

The conference was hosted by the US Department of State.

The Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session which was attended by high level delegations of more than 70 countries including three Heads of States.

It was the third conference in a row with an overarching
objective to inspire and empower a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions to protect and conserve ocean and its resources.

Pakistan’s participation in the conference signifies that
protection of environment and combating climate change is one of the key priorities of the government.

Pakistan’s participation in the event would contribute towards being part of the international discourse with a view to joining and complementing international efforts in the area of increasingly important climate change.