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2nd PAECO Conference: Impact of Climate Change on Women – Affirmative Actions by Regional Parliaments

Islamabad 1st June, 2021: The National Assembly (NA) has hosted the second general conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organisation (PAECO) from May 31 to June 3.

The session on “Impact of Climate Change on Women – Affirmative Actions by Regional Parliaments”  was chaired by the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sentop who opened the session by highlighting the significance of the climate change issue. He further elucidated that the effects of climate change transcend borders and regions. The most vulnerable community of climate change is women as especially in Asia where socio-cultural and economic reasons contribute to their vulnerability. He emphasized that it is high time to take responsibility if we want to leave a healthy planet for future generations

The lead speaker for the theme, Climate Change Challenges for Women: Parliamentary Solutions was Ms. Munaza Hassan who also reiterated to leave a clean environment for future generations and drew attention to the need for evidence-based policymaking to combat the grave issue of climate change. Member of the Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Sports, Uzbekistan, Mrs. Butaeva Farida Kuzievna talked about the issues of climate change in Uzbekistan and thanked Pakistan for providing this auspicious platform.

Ms. Zartaj Gul, the Minister of State for Climate Change, Pakistan explicated that Pakistan is one of the most affected countries of climate change despite of merely any contribution in carbon emissions. However, she also mentioned the measures taken by the current government like Billion Tree Tsunami, Plastic ban etc. She further emphasized the need for funding aid in capacity-building programmes for women most affected by climate change. For this, the minister added that PM of Pakistan’ stresses on active role of youth and women to combat climate change and for the progress of the country

Ms Naureen Farooq Ibrahim, Member of National Assembly also reiterated on leaving a safer and cleaner planet for future generations and Ms Romina Khurshid Alam, MNA/Treasure of Women Parliamentary Pakistan wrapped up the session by thanking the delegates and ended on an optimistic note.

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