Lahore, January 14, 2022 (PPI-OT):United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan, Mr. Julien Harneis with delegation calls on Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Parvez Elahi. The delegation included Shah Nasir Khan, Head of UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Judat Ayaz, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, and Amer Irshad, Representative of UNFAO and Dr. Fazilda Nabeel while Chairman Panel Mian Shafi Mohammad, Fahim Khan MPA, Secretary Punjab Assembly Muhammad Khan Bhatti and Inayatullah Luk were also present in the meeting.
Ch Parvez Elahi said that Pakistan is going through the effects of climate change, clean water supply is a major problem in the whole Punjab including Pakistan for which filtration plants for clean water and treatment plants should be set up on priority basis to make industrial waste water usable.
As the Chief Minister, I had tried to get all the factories in Sundar and Faisalabad Industrial Estates to install water treatment plants, but unfortunately this was not implemented for ten years during the later PML-N era. He said that construction of housing schemes on agricultural lands is also a cause of environmental pollution. In recent years, Lahore has become one of the most polluted cities in the world due to smog. We are trying to control smog to prevent further environmental pollution.
On the occasion, Julien Harneis said that the UN country team is maintaining closer harmony with the Federation and the provincial governments are starting durable mission of the United Nations. He said that we are holding consultations regarding the UN Developmental Framework 2023-27, the agenda of this development cooperation framework will be aligned with Pakistan’s priorities for the 2030 plan. As part of NSDCF’s Climate Change and Environment Outcomes, we are planning to develop a workable action plan for climate change in Sindh.
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