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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will leave for Egypt tomorrow to participate in the ‘Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit’, which is part of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) being held on November 7th and 8th.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, other cabinet members and senior officials will accompany the premier during his two-day official visit.

Shehbaz will also participate in other high-level events as a speaker, including the UN Secretary General’s roundtable to launch the Early Warning Systems for Executive Action Plan and the ‘Middle East Green Initiative Summit’ on November 7, which is being hosted by Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman (MBS).

According to the Foreign Office, the PM is expected to co-chair, along with his Norwegian counterpart, a high-level roundtable discussion on “Climate Change and the sustainability of vulnerable communities” at the invitation of the Egyptian presidency of COP27 on November 8.

Read: Flood-hit Pakistan seeks ‘compensation’ at COP27

He is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the summit.

The COP is a summit attended by countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Presently, Pakistan, along with other developing countries, is on the front line for advocacy for matters like implementing promises made in past conferences, developing transparent mechanisms for climate financing, creating dedicated loss and damage (L&D) finance facilities, and increasing funding for climate adaptation.

The summit is taking place at a time when millions of people in Pakistan, and millions more in other parts of the world, are facing severe adverse impacts of climate change.

Given the myriad of climate change-related crises that await the country, the federal government is now planning to highlight the country’s precarious position at the summit.

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