Statement on the UN Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) Report
Why AGF Report Fails to Meet Expectations from G-77
November 06, 2010
Developing Countries like Pakistan will need to accept or reject the AGF report, formally released yesterday on 5 November, 2010. While there are several important elements in the report worth exploring in further detail, we believe the main thrust of the report is based on the premise that negates the principles already negotiated and agreed upon.
We are pleased to share our initial reactions. A more detailed comment will follow and will be ready for circulation before COP 16 in Cancun.
Three New ecbi (The European Capacity Building Initiative) Publications on Climate Finance
Climate Change and Health: Creating Leadership
Leadership Development Programme - Cohort 15 selected
A seventeen member cohort comprising of health professionals working at middle and senior management level in the health sector of the country is selected as LEAD Pakistan’s Cohort 15 for the 2010 - 2011. The theme of the Cohort is “Climate Change and Health: Creating Leadership.” All these professionals are well reputed and renowned in the fields of community medicine and environmental health.
In Pakistan, like in other developing countries, apart from a dedicated few, health professionals have not come to the climate change debate or their participation is negligible. Therefore LEAD Pakistan has just hired the health professionals in this cohort with a purpose to maximize the exposure of these sector specific professionals on the issues of climate change. This cohort will create a bridge between the country’s health related scientific community and its policy makers, by enabling the former with the necessary skills required to understand climate related risks to health which will in turn be made available to decision makers for sectoral adaptation plans.
Like the previous conventional cohorts, this cohort will also undergo a series of national and international sessions, undertake an action research and develop policy papers. These papers will be done in the groups instead of individuals and will in turn be published in related international and national journals. In addition to this, findings from these papers will be made available to the concerned decision makers within the Ministries of health and environment with a view that these form the essential basis for future planning regarding climate change agenda in the country.
Read More: www.lead.org.pk/ldp
Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
LEAD is part of a consortium for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKNetwork) that aims to link over 60 of the world’s poorest developing countries with leading climate and development experts and services. Over the next 5 years the Network will provide services to developing country policymakers in government and civil society to help them tackle the inter-related issues of poverty and climate change.
Services will be provided in 3 areas, research, technical assistance and advisory services and knowledge services.
A UK government funded initiative; the CDKNetwork is part of the UK’s commitment to climate finance for developing countries. Launched in March 2010 the Network is in its inception phase. For more details, refer to the website http://www.cdkn.org/ which provides basic information on the Network.
Capacity Development of the Scientific Community for
Assessing the Health Impacts of Climate Change:
Asia Pacific Network- Trainings
To address the yawning information gap in the area, LEAD in
collaboration with the Asia Pacific Network for Global
Change Research has envisioned a project that aims to
strengthen the health scientists’ research capacities on
health effects of climate change. With their knowledge about
the effect of weather on the incidence and prevalence of
diseases serving as baseline, this exercise would enhance
their understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities posed
by climate change to human health.
Read More: www.lead.org.pk/apn
LEAD Climate Leaders Action Network
A global network of LEAD – the Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN) - has been recently set up. The Network, being managed by LEAD Pakistan, aims to leverage the expertise and commitment of LEAD Fellows to form a network for collective climate actions. CLAN aspires to provide an active platform for sound, relevant, multi-sectoral, and crisply defined inputs.
CLAN was formally launched during the LEAD – ECI joint initiative platform in October 2009. So far 78 Fellow have joined the network. The membership will also become open to selected institutions and other networks. For further details, refer to CLAN’s website http://climate.lead.org/
In view of the Conference of Parties (COP-15) in December 2009, LEAD Pakistan has published a LEAD Climate Brief on “Countdown to Copenhagen” which gives a highlight of the circumstances building up to COP-15, the position of developing counties and an overview of the global climate debate. For post conference analysis click COP-15 Copenhagen Postmortem
LEAD Pakistan Introduces the Ecological Footprint Tool for Innovative Resource Management
LEAD Pakistan, Islamabad
In continuation of LEAD Pakistan’s effort to respond to the critical issue of climate change, LEAD Pakistan in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) and the United National Environment Programme (UNEP) has embarked upon a journey towards Greening Organizations to Reduce Ecological Footprints. The purpose is to initiate eco-friendly and sustainable resource conserving trends among corporations and private sector organizations in Pakistan through the Ecological Footprint (EF) assessment tool. The EF tool – developed for the first time in Pakistan using local factors - estimates the environmental and climatic consequences of business operations and helps to adopt and manage sustainable office practices.
LEAD Pakistan intends to introduce this innovative concept of the EF tool for the first time with various stakeholders especially corporations. For this purpose, stakeholder workshops are being held in October 2009 in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad in which the EF framework will be introduced and participants will learn how they can effectively apply and benefit from this resource management tool within their own work spaces.
For further details, refer to the Ecological Footprint website: www.lead.org.pk/efc
Civil Society Consultation on World Bank
Climate Change Strategy for
March 19-20, 2009
LEAD Pakistan was invited by Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) to participate in the regional consultation on the Climate Change Strategy for South Asia developed recently by the World Bank. The civil society consultation was held from 19-20 March 2009 and was organized with the support from Oxfam GB and Heinrich Boll Foundation (India). Ms. Hina Lotia represented LEAD Pakistan at the consultation.
Over 30 civil society organizations in South Asia from 6 countries participated in the consultation to review and draft recommendations. The initiative focused on informing the World Bank’s strategy with civil society perspectives. The meeting covered themes as outlined in the World Bank’s Draft Strategy document. The discussion during the consultative meeting revolved around 1) Strategic Priorities outlined by the World Bank in its Draft Strategy document, such as financing adaptation and mitigation; 2) Sectoral contexts and strategies including water and climate change, agriculture and rural sector and others as defined in the document; 3) and CANSA recommendations to the ‘World Bank South Asia Region Climate Change Draft Strategy’ (with a special focus on civil society.
Paper on Corporate Response to Climate Change launched
February 18, 2009
Karachi Press Club
January 12 – 16, 2009
LEAD Pakistan, Islamabad
The training revolved around the overall objective of considering strategies for adapting to climate change, in particular to water, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors in Pakistan. The session also summarized the key internal interests that need to be considered in the formulation of major national policies related to climate change and the external negotiating position of Pakistan.
Megacities and Climate Change – “Sustainable Cities in a Changing World”
November 16-22, 2008
The International Session aimed to spearhead a debate on the role of leadership in addressing the direct and indirect problems of climate change in megacities. Placing the debate in the context of the world’s third – largest megacity, Mexico City, the session focused on exploring the opportunities and challenges presented under the following key issues of: Water and Sanitation, Energy production and consumption, Land Use and Urban Development, and Urban Transport and Mobility.
More than 150 LEADER’s (Associates, Cohort 13 and Fellows) from all 14 member programmes, participated in the seven day, training programme. Through presentations, interactive panel discussions, dialogues and site visits, participants were provided the opportunity to better understand the aforementioned four core issues, placing them in a local dimension while also considering the broader picture, of how these issues impact at a global level and interact with cross cutting themes, like governance. The Minister for the local government and rural development, and other renowned professionals talked through the various sessions as faculty and speakers.
MoU signed between LEAD Pakistan and Global Change Impact Studies Centre
October 28, 2008
LEAD Pakistan and the Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) signed a MoU on October 28, 2008 to formally extend institutional support to each other for furthering the Climate Change agenda. According to terms of agreement both organizations pledged to share strategic benefits of research and capacity building for supporting a range of climate change initiatives undertaken by both partners.
Ecological Footprinting Technology in
As part of its Corporate Greening mission, LEAD Pakistan is set to pilot the project “Climate Change Mitigation: Greening Organizations to Reduce Ecological Footprints”. The project intends to adopt scientific and evidence based approaches for raising awareness of climate change and sustainable development among the target audience and will introduce the innovative Ecological Footprinting (EF) technology in Pakistan. The EF calculator developed by the project will be promoted among target organizations in Pakistan as a consumption planning tool and will guide decision makers on reducing the ecological impacts of their work related activities. Information of applying and utilizing the technology will be provided to selected organizations through training workshops, documentaries and case studies.
The project is co-sponsored by the APFED Showcase Program, 2008
The Planning Commission Task Force on Climate Change
October 14, 2008
Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh (National Program Director, LEAD Pakistan) has been selected as a member of the task force established by The Planning Commission to address the challenges related to the phenomenon of climate change. The task force comprises prominent scholars, renowned scientists and managers, having vast experience in dealing with the subject. Science and Technology Adviser/Minister of State Planning Commission Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, a prominent scholar and a highly reputed scientist would chair the task force. It would be co-chaired by former chairman of WAPDA Shamsul Mulk, who is considered an authority on Pakistan’s water resources.
The task force will comprehend the scope of impact due to
the climate change to Pakistan’s economy and devise
guidelines for mitigation and adaptation to cope with the
challenges. Besides, it will evaluate institutional
weaknesses and suggest measures for strengthening the
capacity of relevant institutions in addition to promoting
programme for advocacy and awareness.
Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, former United Nations Environment Programme deputy executive director, who has vast international experience at policy level and is well versed with the challenges and opportunities associated with climate change in Pakistan’s context, is also a member of the task force. The other members include Environment Secretary Khushnood Ahmed Lashari, WAPDA Chairman Shakeel Ahmed Durrani, Pakistan Meteorological Department Director General Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman and Global Change Impact Study Centre Executive Director Dr Arshad M Khan.
ASEM Seminar on Adaptation to Climate Change
October 02-03, 2008
As a result of our credible work related to Climate Change, LEAD Pakistan was invited to attend the seminar under the auspices of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on Adaptation to Climate Change. Ms. Dina Khan represented LEAD Pakistan at the seminar jointly organized by the European Commission and the Government of Japan, held on October 2008 in Tokyo, Japan.
This forum was an opportunity for participating countries and organizations to showcase policy and research developments, as well as future plans to address the issue of Adaptation. Ms. Dina Khan presented LEAD Pakistan's work in a presentation. The Chair's conclusions will feed into the ASEM Summit, to be held in Beijing in late October. Further event information can be found at: http://www.aseminfoboard.org/Calendar/Activities/?id=243
2008 Asia – Pacific Leadership Programme On Environment for Sustainable Development
September 15-20, 2008
Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Read more about the reflections, experiences and international exposure
MoU signed between LEAD Pakistan and Pakistan Meteorological Department
July 08, 2008
An MoU was signed between LEAD Pakistan and PMD with the intention to promote collaboration and coordination on a broad range of climate change activities. The agreement states that:
PMD and LEAD wish to support each other in their work and provide strategic benefits of research, management, training, and development programs on Climate Change.