Speakers have called for urgent measures to mitigate the impact of global warming that was causing severe environmental disequilibrium and degradation.
They were speaking at a pre-congress interactive talk titled “climate change, adaptability and food security”, organised by the Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) at a local hotel on Thursday.
Representatives of the United Nations, the USAID, ministry of planning and development, corporate sector experts, analysts and others were present.
Prof. Dr Ghulam Moohbob said that coastal regions were becoming major victim of global warming. He said that one fourth of Bangladesh’s population lives in coastal regions and the growing population has left little choice for the poor but to move to vulnerable offshore islands.
SDPI Executive-Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that rising sea water levels, melting glaciers, floods, droughts were the result of climate change.
Chief nutritionist Aslam Shaheen said that Pakistan was the most vulnerable country to global warming as 60 per cent of its population depended on agriculture.
Former ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel said that Pakistan has a policy on climate change that needed to be implemented.
Dr Shoaib Sultan said that the private sector needs to play its role to mitigate challenges of climate changes.
HRDN Executive Director Suhail Awan said that the HRDN was going to organise a congress titled “key to sustainable growth: human resource development” on November 28, 29 at Pak-China Friendship Centre.
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