Seminars and Conferences
8 –14 November 2009
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/
Climate Change: Emerging Issues and Recommendations for Sindh
February 20, 2009
Sindh Assembly Secretariat, Karachi
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.
Corporate Summit on Climate Change
February 19, 2009
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
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.
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.
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.
February 16, 2009
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
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:
For further details www.lead.org.pk/oic
Climate Change: The Impact on Biodiversity and Agriculture
22 May 2008,
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.
Environment, Development and Security: The Case of Climate Change
A Lecture by Dr. Adil Najam - Islamabad, Pakistan
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.
The Impact of Climate Change
PIDE Conference - Islamabad, Pakistan
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:
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, National Program Director and CEO, LEAD Pakistan, Islamabad
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
Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation
BHC Consultation - Islamabad, Pakistan
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.
Changing Climates: Pakistan’s Options for Adaptation and Mitigation
BHC Consultation - Peshawar, Pakistan
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.