Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Pakistan Elected to United Nations Environment Assembly for the First Time in History

Pakistan was chosen to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) this week, a first for the 220-million-strong country that is frequently named among the world’s top ten climate-affected countries.

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), established in 2012, is the world’s highest-level decision-making organisation on environmental concerns.

According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, Pakistan, which hosted the United Nations’ annual World Environment Day on June 5 last year, is ranked number 8 on the list of countries worldwide most affected by climate change, having been regularly hit by massive flooding in recent years, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and demolishing vast swaths of agricultural land.

Malik Amin Aslam, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, was voted as one of the UN Environment Assembly’s eight vice presidents.

On Twitter, Aslam wrote, “Honored to be elected by #UNEA to represent #Pakistan and serve as #VicePresident and member of the 8-member Ministerial #Bureau — the governance body of @UNEP.”

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