PARIS - Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said Sunday that Pakistan having a minimal share of 0.8 per cent in the world carbon omissions and a vulnerable country would effectively pursue for a global agreement in the Paris Climate Change Conference in line with the objectives and principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Pakistan’s participation in the Paris Conference under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif showed the country's seriousness and interest in this important subject, the minister for Climate Change said while addressing a press conference here along with the secretary Ministry of Climate Change and Pakistan's Ambassador to France Ghalib Iqbal.

He said since Pakistan was among the countries affected most by the dangerous climate change and was rated at number 10 by the German Watch due to floods, drought, melting of glaciers etc., it desired an agreement in line with fundamentals and principles set under article 3 of the UNFCCC.

Highlighting the three basic objectives of the UNFCCC, the minister said one these included common but differentiated responsibility of the world with the developing countries having more to tackle the climate change issues; taking care of the special needs of developing countries, particularly the vulnerable ones like Pakistan; and protecting their right of sustained development.

He said Pakistan had a clear view that these three basic principles of the UNFCCC should be taken care of while reaching a global agreement on climate change , adding, in this respect the developed countries will have to ensure the provision of financial and technical support to the developing countries, besides the measures for their capacity building to tackle the challenges.

Zahid Hamid also recounted the measures taken by Pakistan in the area of climate change including the establishment of a special Climate Change Ministry; incorporating this important subject in the 2025 vision; creating disaster management authorities at federal, provincial and districts levels etc.

He further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently approved the national carbon emission reduction strategy, which was later submitted to UNFCCC as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) by the Ministry of Climate Change .

The minister said as Pakistan was on the path of economic development and was pursuing the game-changer projects including in the area of energy under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, it would continue to pursue sustainable development.

He said Pakistan at the same time will strive to benefit from the proposed $ 100 billion International Climate Change Fund, which would be available by 2020.