Islamabad (Khyber Mail): The Centre for Strategic Perspectives (CSP) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) convened a significant Round Table discussion on “Climate Change and the Role of Media.” The event featured Ms. Aisha Khan, Chief Executive of the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC), as the keynote speaker, alongside prominent figures such as Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Foreign Office Spokesperson, and Mr. Asif Hyder Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination.

Dr. Neelum Nigar, Director CSP, underscored Pakistan’s crucial role in CoP27, particularly in establishing the Loss and Damage Fund. Recognizing the country’s proactive stance on global climate issues, she emphasized the pivotal role of media in shaping public perceptions, policy priorities, and advocacy efforts on a global scale.

In his welcome address, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood, DG ISSI, highlighted the escalating seriousness of climate change, referring to it as an “existential threat” for humanity. He emphasized the urgent need for immediate and dramatic action to address the climate crisis, noting the recent shift from “global warming” to “global boiling” as indicated by the UN Secretary-General. Ambassador Mahmood stressed the comprehensive, whole-of-society approach required to tackle climate change, positioning it at the forefront of national priorities.

Referring to the National Security Policy (2022-26), Ambassador Mahmood underscored the importance and urgency attached to climate change. He emphasized the need for a cohesive national response and the building of a climate-resilient Pakistan. Highlighting Pakistan’s proactive role on the international stage, he noted the unique capacity of the media to educate the public on the causes, impacts, and potential solutions of climate change through accurate and evidence-based reporting.

Ambassador Mahmood acknowledged the significant reach of the Pakistani media, emphasizing its potential to raise awareness, influence public policy, and inspire individuals, businesses, and governments to embrace climate-friendly practices and technologies. The Round Table Discussion served as a platform to explore collaborative strategies for leveraging the media’s role in addressing the global challenge of climate change.

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