United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres on Sunday began a three-day visit to Pakistan by urging the world to step back and look at the country through a wider frame who hosts millions of refugees from war-shattered Afghanistan.
Guterres while thanking Prime Minister Imran Khan for his invitation during a press conference alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan was the world’s second-biggest host to refugees. “It is a trustworthy and benevolent nation”, it is a pleasure to be back in Pakistan. It is time for the world to step back and look at Pakistan through a wider frame.
He reaffirmed the continued support of the global body in Pakistan and called on other developed countries to support the country “and, in fact, to show similar leadership in sharing this responsibility in this region and in the world.”
The UN chief also called on India and Pakistan to defuse tensions in Kashmir and stressed the absolute need for the Indian authorities to fully respect human rights in the disputed majority Muslim region.
He further noted that he had exchanged ideas with Qureshi on the security situation in South Asia and that mediation, as well as talks, was the only solution to regional conflicts. “Pakistan’s success has been remarkable and everyone should support Pakistan.”
UN secretary said at a session on sustainable development and climate change in Islamabad, The world is losing the battle to control carbon emissions, people should invest in green energy because of the high dividends. “Green economy is a good economy. I have personally invested in the Green Fund and it is growing more as compared to my other investments. So the green economy is growing faster than others as it is the future of the world.”
Mr. Guterres suggested focusing on solar energy as it is cost-effective when compared to the production of energy through fossil fuel and also because the continued production of fossil fuel energy in the future would be a mistake.
“Currently the melting of glaciers is a huge problem but we cannot address it unless we stop global warming. Can you imagine that recently temperature in Antarctica reached 25°C,” he asked rhetorically.
Replying to a question regarding possible tension between Indian and Pakistan due to water issues, Mr. Guterres said that both countries can agree to use water collectively. “It can help both countries to build confidence. Moreover, there is an agreement between two countries regarding water and the World Bank is ensuring it,” he said.
Mr. Guterres said he believes the biggest problem for Pakistanis water. Talking about the water situation in the country, he said that Pakistanis one of the 15 most water-stressed countries in the world.
Referring to the risk of locusts emergency in the country, he said that global warming is leading to global warming.
He also praised Pakistan for becoming co-chair of the Green Climate Fund and welcomed initiatives such as the Billion-Tree Tsunami and the Clean and Green Pakistan movement of government, adding that he was “extremely impressed” when he learned that the country had decided to abolish plastic bags in the capital.
Mr. Guterres also talked about sustainable development, saying that “Pakistan has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the start. In 2016, Pakistan was among the first nations to integrate and recognize the SDGs into its national development agenda. In 2018, Pakistan launched the national SDG framework to prioritize and locate targets across the country. “
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03 April, 2020