Published Date: May 19, 2012
PAKISTAN NEEDS TO RE-ORIENT ITS ECONOMY ON GREEN DISCOURSE: EXPERTS
Green economy is vital for inclusive and sustainable growth. Eminent international experts and senior Pakistani officials and business representatives unanimously said speakers at opening day of two-day ‘National consultation on green economy’ organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), One UN Joint Programme on Environment, Ministry of Climate Change, Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS) and Lead Pakistan on Friday.
The main objective of the consultation was to review the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be hosted by Brazil in Rio on June 20-22 and likely to be attended by more than 130 heads of state and government and thousands of delegates representing the UN, private business, non-governmental organisations and media.
The delegates deliberated on set of considerations for the Pakistani delegation for the forthcoming Rio+20 Summit as well as ideas for consideration by all stakeholders after the Summit in order to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication in Pakistan.
Dr Nadeem-ul-Haque, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission said time has come to revisit policies and rethink discourse according to green economy concept.
He said current policy framework and ways of managing resources in the country has become obsolete.
He urged, it was time to think holistically about the economy and productivity in creative and focused manner while exploring the linkages between growth and green economy.
Timo Pakkala, United Nations Resident Coordinator reiterated UN was committed to support Pakistan to promote economic growth and spearhead its pace towards sustainable development while appreciating recent developments at policy level including establishment of Ministry of Climate Change and preparation of climate change policy.
Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI hoped this consultation would be useful in articulating Pakistan’s stance in purview of green economy and poverty eradication at the Rio+20 conference.
Ambassador (retd) Shafqat Kakakhel, former Deputy executive director, UNEP and member Board of Governors, SDPI explained consultation would examine the relevance of green economy to Pakistan economic and social circumstances as well as global discourse on this concept.
Alfred Leoni, ambassador of Brazil informed more than 120 heads of the states have confirmed their participation in Rio+20 which would fundamentally revolve around green economy and institutional framework for sustainable development.
Shakil Durrani, Chairman WAPDA said one third of electricity generation in the country was renewable which was expected to increase by sixty percent by 2025. Most of this increase would be based on hydel projects, he added.
Khalid Mohtadullah, Director, International Water Management Institute lamented over unequal water distribution and inefficient water practices in agriculture and suggested rebuilding and strengthening of institutional capacity to ensure water availability for growing population needs.
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer, LEAD Pakistan expressed green growth in our context meant efficient, appropriate and affordable use of our natural resources.
Javed Jabbar, former Federal Minister and Vice President, IUCN said we were living in red zone and there was a dire need of transforming this red zone to green by inculcating the green economy concept into our policies especially at provincial level.
Malik Amin Aslam Khan, former Minister of State for Environment said extensive and multi-stakeholder consultations were held and key suggestions and ideas have been incorporated into the base NSDS document.
NSDS envisions evolving a just and harmonious society in the country through promotion of a vibrant and equitable economic growth without overexploitation of resources and distribution of development dividends to all in particular to the poor and vulnerable in the society and future generations.
Farrukh Iqbal Khan of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his teleconference from New York highlighted the divisions in global negotiations on green economy and sustainable development.
He underscored a global transition toward green economy was seen as a mean of resolving the financial crisis the world faces today.
Dr Tariq Banuri, Former Chief, UN’s Division of Sustainable Development (UNDESA) reviewed national public policy-making process and trends and an absence of a common framework to resolve the series of crisis that nation faces today.
He urged investment should be made into profitable sectors to ensure a strong revenue base for the country to take car e of the growing needs of population.