ISLAMABAD: By Sania Yousof .
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid has participated in the main session of COP26 International Conference on Climate Change organized by the United Nations in Glasgow UK through video link.
This important conference and session was attended by Federal Minister Malik Amin Aslam and senior officials of AKAH, as well as senior government figures, representatives of institutions and officials and experts from all over the world.
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid attended a special session on Combining Indigenous Knowledge and Technology to Act on the Climate Emergency at COP26 International Conference on Climate Change organized by the United Nations through video link.
Talking on the occasion, Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid said that
Gilgit-Baltistan is surrounded by the world’s three largest mountain ranges, the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas.
The region is prone to unpredictable rains and glacial floods caused by avalanches, floods, earthquakes and climate change.
Pakistan is one of the countries in the world that depend on glacial water.
Glaciers are melting rapidly due to climate change and are causing floods in rivers. LiClimate Vulnerability depends on the incidence of disasters and their ability to deal with them. In unfavorable economic and geographical conditions, the people of this region are less able to cope with the effects of climate change.
Gilgit-Baltistan has district-level disaster management agency, participation of people in emergency response, passion for volunteer service, local knowledge and experience to deal with climate change with AKDN and other agencies.
Gilgit-Baltistan government is trying to minimize the effects of climate change on the region by making proper use of these available resources.
The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan is determined to provide a conducive environment for all these agencies, including AKDN, to work on climate change
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The government is fully supporting all the institutions working in this regard. Along with this, plans have been laid down for comprehensive and integrated planning of every village, town and city of Gilgit-Baltistan.
It is to be noted that Ali Gilgit-Baltistan Minister Khalid Khurshid was specially invited to attend COP 26 organized by the United Nations in Glasgow UK but due to important engagements Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid could not visit UK in this regard. Link attended and addressed.
This important conference is being attended by high-level governmental, political and climate change activists and experts from around the world.