PM lauds Loss & Damage Fund as a “first pivotal step” to climate justice

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif gives National Statement at Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit -27th Conference of the Parties
APP83-081122 SHARM EL-SHEIKH: November 08 - Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif gives National Statement at Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit -27th Conference of the Parties. APP/ABB/FHA (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (APP): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday while appreciating the establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund at the UN climate summit, said it was the “first pivotal step” towards the goal of climate justice.

According to the media reports, at COP27 held at Sharm el-Sheikh, the countries adopted a hard-fought final agreement at the COP27 climate summit early Sunday that sets up a fund to help poor countries being battered by climate disasters.

What is being dubbed as a victory for the poorer nations that have pushed for the move for years, the Fund would earmark money for loss and damage caused by climate change-induced disasters.

“It is up to the transitional committee to build on the historic development. I appreciate (Minister for Climate Change) Sherry Rehman and her team for their contribution and hard work,” the prime minister remarked.

The prime minister along with his cabinet members including Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Climate Change Minister Senator Sherry Rehman had raised the voice for climate justice at the regional and global levels.

The Fund would lead to the provision of assistance to the countries impacted by climate change. It will also support Pakistan in the rehabilitation of the flood-affected people and the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure.

According to a PM Office statement, the COP27 made history by taking a practical step comparing the Paris Accord and Green Marshal Plan.

The COP27 summit was recently held on November 7-8 also participated by the prime minister at the invitation of the Egyptian president.

He had also co-chaired a roundtable conference on “loss and damage” and his address to the session also mainly focused on climate change-induced disaster and the measures to mitigate the losses.

The prime minister had emphasised the establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund to provide climate justice to the affected countries.

The prime minister said as Chair of G-77 plus China, Pakistan had successfully led the effort for acceptance of the demand for Loss and Damage Fund.

“It is a manifestation of excellent climate diplomacy that made this possible. My appreciation is due to FM Bilawal Bhutto and all the teams that worked on this file,” he commented.

Following the agreement on the establishment of the Fund, Sherry Rehman said, “It has been a long 30-year journey from demand to formation of the Loss & Damage Fund for 134 countries” and called it an important first step in reaffirming the core principles of climate justice.

“This is not about accepting charity,” she said. “This is a down payment on investment in our futures, and in climate justice,” she remarked.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also welcomed the decision and said, “Clearly, this will not be enough, but it is a much-needed political signal to rebuild broken trust.”