Lahore Forum, October 13-14, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

With a little over a month to go before the decisive UN Climate Change Conference 2015 is held in Paris, the French Embassy with the help of various NGOs working for the environment in Pakistan held a large climate forum in Lahore. It offered an "unprecedented opportunity to all Pakistani stakeholders to coordinate their action". Pakistan already ranks amongst the top 10 countries in the world most affected by climate change according to the Global Climate Risk Index.

The French Embassy, whose ambassador, HE Martine Dorance opened the forum in Lahore, brought together civil society organisations like LEAD-Pakistan, UNDP-Pakistan, WWF-Pakistan, IUCN, Aga Khan Development Network and the Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) at COMSATS University, who all worked voluntarily to put the forum together. The Climate Forum entitled "Pakistan Say Paris" was held at the Al Hamra in Lahore from October 13-14 2015 and was a big success, drawing the participation of hundreds of students, civil society members, journalists and government officials. As Ambassador Kamal of CCRD put it, the forum succeeded in forming "the Pakistani climate coalition".

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