Seminars and Conferences

Regional Journalists Workshop on Climate Change, Marriott Hotel Islamabad, Pakistan - 28-30 March 2010

Leadership and Climate Change: Impacts, Innovation and Interdependence, Beijing, China - November 2009

Climate Change: Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Sindh , Karachi, Pakistan - February 2009

Corporate Summit on Climate change, Karachi, Pakistan - February 2009

Media Summit on Climate Change, Karachi, Pakistan, February 2009

Climate Change : Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan - February 2009

Communicating Climate Change, Islamabad, Pakistan - February 2009

ADB - Climate Change Implementation Plan, Islamabad, Pakistan - February 2009

Climate Change: Adaptation Challenges in OIC Countries, Islamabad, Pakistan - June to July 2008

Climate Change: The Impact on Biodiversity and Agriculture, Islamabad, Pakistan - May 2008

Environment, Development and Security: The Case of Climate Change – A Lecture by Dr. Adil Najam – Islamabad, Pakistan – March 2008

The Impact of Climate Change - PIDE Conference - Islamabad, Pakistan - March 2008

Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation –BHC Consultation - Islamabad, Pakistan – March 2008

Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation BHC Consultation - Peshawar, Pakistan – February 2008

Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation –BHC Consultation - Karachi, Pakistan – February 2008

Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation –BHC Consultation - Lahore, Pakistan - February 2008

Climate Change: Mainstreaming Mitigation and Adaptation for Sustainable Development - PRMP Focal Persons Workshop - Bhurban, Pakistan - January 2008

 

Leadership and Climate Change: Impacts, Innovation and Interdependence

8 –14 November 2009

Beijing, China

This international training session on Climate Change for LEAD Associates was held just 3 weeks before a global climate deal was discussed in Copenhagen.  More than 150 emerging leaders from diverse sectors and countries brought together from around the world to examined the roles that governance, business and societal action play in relation to climate change, and the challenges that climate change poses to human development and quality of life.

Participants learnt from and was inspired by each other, shared their experiences from around the world, build valuable personal and professional networks, and identified future opportunities for collaboration.

As China is also one of countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, it was used as an example to explore the complex web of activity needed to tackle climate change in a rapidly developing country with a massive urbanising population, high rural poverty, and the largest carbon emissions in the world.

For further details, refer to website: http://china2009.lead.org/

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Climate Change: Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Sindh

February 20, 2009

Sindh Assembly Secretariat, Karachi


Dr. Adil Najam, Professor, Boston University, USA, delivered a talk on Climate Change: Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Sindh at the Sindh Assembly Secretariat in Karachi, on February 20, 2009. This talk was arranged in collaboration with Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Speaker of the Sindh Assembly and the government of Sindh, to engage parliamentarians and policy makers in Sindh on the climate issue. The talk was attended by about 70 parliamentarians and members of the provincial cabinet and legislative.

Dr. Adil Najam, highlighted impacts of climate change on Pakistan and in particular, Sindh to the parliamentarians, so that effective measures could be taken at the policy level to address this grave issue.

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Corporate Summit on Climate Change

February 19, 2009

Karachi, Pakistan
 

Recognizing the need for Pakistan’s private sector to play a key role in managing climate change, LEAD Pakistan organized the first ever Corporate Summit on Climate Change in Pakistan, with an aim to increase understanding and response to the impact of climate change by, in particular, the corporate sector. The corporate summit was a unique event that convened the corporate sector for the first time ever in Pakistan, on the issue of climate change.  

The corporate summit, organized on the theme of Climate Action, aimed to promote climate action among a wide range of stakeholders, in particular, corporations. There were over 250 participants at the event from multi-sectors, including the government, media, civil society, academia, researchers and in particular, corporations. The corporate summit comprised three sessions: Inaugural and Plenary Session, the Technical Session and the CEO Summit. Each session targeted a unique group of stakeholders, with a special focus on corporations.

The theme of the Inaugural and Plenary session was Convening Partners for Climate Action and thus there was participation of leaders of the highest level from the government, corporate sector and civil society. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Tariq Hassan, Board Member of LEAD Pakistan, who stated that, “In addition to the government and NGOs, the largest share of responsibility for mitigating the affects of climate change falls on the corporate sector.” The Minister of Environment, Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi delivered the ministerial address, whereas the City District Nazim Karachi, Syed Mustafa Kamal delivered a special address. They both stressed on the concept that environment and development should not be treated separately, as environment is a critical aspect for development. The Deputy British High Commissioner, Robert Gibson also addressed the audience and highlighted that, “We all need to work together to strike a balance between the need to create economic prosperity and the need to preserve our environment for future generations.” Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, delivered a presentation on LEAD Pakistan’ s Climate Action Programme, which is a multi-year programme, that envisions building Pakistan’s capacity to effective contend with climate change at the policy, institutional and grassroots level.

The Technical Session – based on the theme Mutual Learning for Climate Action comprised corporations, presenting case studies of their work on climate change for sharing of best practices. Dr. Harish Jeswani, Research Associate from Manchester University,.presented his paper on Corporate Response to Climate Change in Pakistan – one of the first climate change researches involving the corporate sector in Pakistan. Malik Amin Aslam, Former State Minister for Environment also presented his paper on Carbon Market Development-Pakistan’s Experience. Rafal Serafin, Development Director from the International Business Leaders Forum-UK, also presented a paper on Local to Global Partnerships for Climate Change.

The CEO Summit, an exclusive session for CEOs was attended by the heads of leading corporations, such as Hussain Dawood, Chairman, Dawood Group and Parvez Ghias, CEO, Indus Motors. Corporate heads stressed that the society needs to be more aware about climate change and the moral argument for climate action is as equally important as the business argument. Members of LEAD Pakistan’s Advisory Board on Climate Change, including former Federal Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Shams Kassim Lakha, Advisor, Science and Technology /Minister of State, Planning Commission, Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Professor, Boston University, Dr. Adil Najam – USA were also present at the occasion. Programme Manager Climate Change, LEAD International (UK), Alex Hannant, delivered a presentation on Climate Leaders to urge corporate leaders to exercise leadership for climate action.

The British High Commission, the Ministry of Environment and the City District Government were partners for this event. Other partners included the University of Manchester (UK), Boston University (USA), Pakistan Metrological Department, Global Change Impact Study Center and the International Business Leaders Forum (UK). Sponsors of the event included the Henrich Boll Foundation, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pakistan State Oil, Engro Chemicals Limited, and the Pakistan Tobacco Company.

There was immense media coverage of the event from all leading newspapers and TV channels in Pakistan. Press releases and electronic coverage of the event can be downloaded from our Corporate Summit website www.lead.org.pk/cscc


Media Summit on Climate Change

February 18, 2009

Avari Towers, Karachi
 

“Climate solutions at the individual and collective level need to be determined, as climate is a reality which cannot be ignored,” stated Shazia Marri, Minister of Information and Archives, government of Sindh, during the Media Summit on Climate Change, organized by LEAD Pakistan in collaboration with Shazia Marri, on February 18, 2009 in Karachi. The Media Summit sensitized and enhanced awareness of media about climate change. Distinguished media experts from Sindh attended the Media Summit, including Hamid Haroon, CEO, DAWN Media Group and Arshad Zuberi, CEO, Business Recorder.

Dr. Adil Najam, Professor, Boston University, USA, delivered a presentation on Climate Change: Recommendations and Opportunities, during the Media Summit, highlighting climate issues, impacts and recommendations pertinent to Pakistan and in particular, Sindh.


Climate Change : Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Punjab

February 17, 2009

Chief Minister Punjab’s Secretariat, Lahore

  

A talk by Dr. Adil Najam, Professor, Boston University, USA on Climate Change: Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Punjab was held at the Chief Minister Punjab’s Secretariat in Lahore, on February 17, 2009. This talk was arranged in collaboration with the Government of Punjab to engage parliamentarians and policy makers on the climate issue. About 70 parliamentarians and members of the provincial cabinet and legislative attended the talk. Distinguished leaders, including Punjab’s Minister for Environment, Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa, Chairman, Chief Minister’s Task Force for Environment, Dr. Owais Farooqui, and Secretary Environment Punjab, Dr. Zafar Nasrullah, attended the talk.

 

Dr. Adil Najam, highlighted the impacts of climate change on Pakistan and in particular, Punjab to the parliamentarians, so that effective measures could be taken at the policy level to address this issue.  


Communicating Climate Change

February 17, 2009

LEAD House, Islamabad
 

To explore the latest communications and engagement approaches with regards to climate change, a day long training workshop titled Communicating Climate Change was organized on February 17, by LEAD Pakistan, at LEAD House, Islamabad. 

Alex Hannant, Programme Manger, LEAD International, facilitated the sessions on creating linkages between climate change communications and behavior change. The training dispelled myths increased participants’ understanding in relation to effective engagement on the issue of climate change and provided a methodological approach to designing effective communications and engagement strategies and campaigns.


ADB-Climate Change Implementation Plan

February 16, 2009

Islamabad
 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has identified climate change as one of five core long term operational activities. ADB is mandated by its Management Committee to develop Climate Change Implementation Plan (CCIP). Undertaking planning for the initiative at the regional level, the Central and West Asian Department of ADB, which also covers Pakistan, has drafted a regional CCIP to outline key investment opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions in the region.

Seeking multi-sectoral feedback on the drafted CCIP, ADB and LEAD Pakistan jointly organized a consultative workshop in Islamabad on February 16, 2009. Attending the consultation were imminent stakeholders from government, civil society, research and development partners to review the ADB’s regional climate change strategy and assess its appropriateness in the country specific context. Discussions revolved around the four interrelated elements of the CCIP strategy, namely policy development, adaptation, mitigation and carbon market development.

 

Climate Change: Adaptation Challenges in OIC Countries

June 30 – July 05, 2008

Islamabad, Pakistan


A six days conference on the issue of climate change was held in Islamabad, Pakistan from June 30th to July 5th, 2008.It was attended by policy-makers, public and private sector professionals, activists and students from OIC member countries including Bangladesh, China, Nigeria and Tunisia.

The conference resource persons were a mix of renowned national and international experts working on cutting-edge of climate change issues for research and adaptation planning. This gave participants ample opportunities to share country-specific issues, challenges and responses to climate change

The main objectives of this 6 day event were:

  1. Providing in-depth knowledge of multi-lateral environmental agreements (MEAs);

  2. Deepening the understanding of climate change in a broad sustainable development and political economy context;

  3. Identifying specific CC challenges, issues and opportunities facing OIC members

  4. Analyzing possible adaptation and mitigation strategies

For further details www.lead.org.pk/oic

 

Climate Change: The Impact on Biodiversity and Agriculture

22 May 2008,

Islamabad, Pakistan
 

On the occasion of the World Biodiversity Day, LEAD Pakistan organized a roundtable on Climate Change: The Impact on Biodiversity and Agriculture. This was organized in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP, the Ministry of Environment and the Planning Commission (Government of Pakistan) and was widely attended by a cross section of development practitioners from environmental and biodiversity conservation organisations, policy makers, officials from the Ministry of Environment, the Planning Commission, the National Highways Authority, academia as well as students. 

The panelists included senior governmental officials and policy makers such as Mr. Bashir Ahmad Wani (Inspector General Forests, Ministry of Environment), Dr. Kauser Abdullah (Member, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan), Dr. Muhammad Irfan Khan (International Islamic University, Islamabad), Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (Country Director, United Nations Development Programme, Pakistan) and Mr. Jorge Sequeira (Country Director, UNESCO, Pakistan). Mr. Mohammad Farah (Country Director, FAO, Pakistan) the discussant for the roundtable while Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh (CEO/National Programme Director, LEAD Pakistan) chaired the roundtable.

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Speech by Alvaro Rodriguez, Country Director, UNDP, Pakistan

 

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Environment, Development and Security: The Case of Climate Change

A Lecture by Dr. Adil Najam - Islamabad, Pakistan

March 2008 
 

LEAD Pakistan organized a lecture by Dr. Adil Najam on “Environment, Development and Security: The Case of Climate Change” on March 31, 2008 in Islamabad.

The talk was attended by government officials, the civil society, academia, students and leading corporations. The panel included the Chairperson, Dr. Amir Mohammad, Rector, FAST National University, Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, National Program Director/CEO, LEAD Pakistan and Dr. Adil Najam, Professor at the Boston University, USA.

 

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The Impact of Climate Change

PIDE Conference - Islamabad, Pakistan

March 2008
 

At the event of the 23rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economics, LEAD Pakistan organized a panel on “The Impact of Climate Change” on March 12, 2008 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The panel included: 

 

Chairperson:

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, National Program Director and CEO, LEAD Pakistan, Islamabad

 

Panelists:

Syed Ayub Qutub, Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research

Fawad Khan, I-Set

Arshad Mahmood Khan, Executive Director, Global Change Impact Study Center, Islamabad

Usman Qazi, Program Officer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Islamabad

 

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Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation

BHC Consultation - Islamabad, Pakistan

March 2008 
 

LEAD Pakistan partnered with the British High Commission (BHC) to conduct a scoping study on Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change Effects to generate data and discussion for the scoping study, LEAD Pakistan held consultations with stakeholders from government, media, industry, academia and civil society in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. 

The discussion in Islamabad was a culmination of aforementioned consultations, designed to collate findings and recommendations from the previous events, for review and discussion. The consultation in Islamabad on “Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation” was held on March 13, 2008 at the Marriott Hotel. 

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Speech by British High Commissioner 

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Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation

BHC Consultation - Peshawar, Pakistan

February 2008 
 

LEAD Pakistan partnered with the British High Commission (BHC) to conduct a scoping study on Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change Effects. For this purpose, a series of consultations were conducted in four major cities of Pakistan. 

The consultation in Peshawar on “Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation” was organized at the Pakistan Academy for Rural Development (PARD) on February 21, 2008. The consultation highlighted linkages with key stakeholders. 

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  • Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation

    BHC Consultation - Karachi, Pakistan

    February 2008
     

    LEAD Pakistan partnered with the British High Commission (BHC) to conduct a scoping study on Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change Effects. For this purpose, a series of consultations were conducted in four major cities of Pakistan. 

    The consultation in Karachi on “Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation” was held on February 14, 2008 and hosted by Pakistan State Oil (PSO). The consultation highlighted linkages with key industrial stakeholders. 

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  • Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation

    BHC Consultation - Lahore, Pakistan

    February 2008
     

    LEAD Pakistan partnered with the British High Commission (BHC) to conduct a scoping study on Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change Effects. Aiming to generate data and discussion for the scoping study, LEAD held consultations with stakeholders from government, media, industry, academia and civil society in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad. 

    The consultation in Lahore on “Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation” was held on February 13, 2008. 

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  • Climate Change: Mainstreaming Mitigation and Adaptation for Sustainable Development,

    PRMP Focal Persons Workshop - Bhurban, Pakistan

    January 2008
     

    LEAD Pakistan teamed up with the Punjab Resource Mobilization Program (PRMP) to organize a Focal Persons Workshop on “Climate Change: Mainstreaming Mitigation and Adaptation for Sustainable Development” on January 26, 2008 at Bhurban, Pakistan. The objective of this workshop was to raise awareness of climate change issues among stakeholders and to enhance the ability for framing development strategies in line with existing climate change knowledge.

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    Presentations (by Dr. Ishfaq, Shahid Lutfi, Abdul Qadir Rafiq) 

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