13 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

‘Pakistan can transform climate challenge into opportunity through policies, initiatives’

Dr Adil Najam says Pakistan possesses immense potential to lead the way in climate action; Hammad Naqi Khan highlights significance of multi-stakeholder collaboration in bolstering resilience against extreme weather events

World Wide Fund (WWF International) President Dr Adil Najam explored how Pakistan can transform climate challenge into an opportunity through formulation and implementation of comprehensive policies and initiatives.

“Pakistan possesses immense potential to lead the way in climate action, and collective efforts are essential in turning challenges into solutions,” he said while addressing a press conference at the Nisar Usmani Auditorium of the Lahore Press Club in Lahore on the issue of accelerating climate action and shaping Pakistan’s future.

Dr Adil Najam, globally renowned academic and policy expert, shed light on the profound global challenge that climate change presents and specifically focused on the potential opportunities for Pakistan. He suggested the urgent need for a robust climate change response from all stakeholders.

Pakistan’s vulnerability to impacts of climate change has become evident, as demonstrated by catastrophic floods, serving as a stark reminder of the nation’s exposure to the climate crisis. He said that they wanted to engage media in a dynamic discussion on a nationally driven, globally significant agenda to address the growing impact and risk of climate change.

“I am greatly humbled to be invited to become the next president of WWF at a time when its long-standing mission of working to heal and sustain the natural world and its life-supporting systems has become more urgent than ever,” Dr Adil Najam said, adding that he is deeply honored to be able to work again with dedicated team members all across the world.

Recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2010, Dr Adil Najam served as the vice chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore and undertook several roles as a public scholar whose teaching, research and public engagement focus on public policy, especially related to conservation and environment, sustainable and human development, and climate change in the Global South.

He is also the dean emeritus of the Frederick S Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University in Massachusetts and teaches as a professor of international relations, earth and environment. He has also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Hammad Naqi says recently-approved Recharge Pakistan brings together govt and private stakeholders

WWF-Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan shared insights into ongoing initiatives of this leading conservation organization aimed at addressing climate crisis. He highlighted significance of multi-stakeholder collaboration between government entities, civil society, and businesses in bolstering Pakistan’s resilience against extreme weather events.

“Collaboration is at the center of WWF’s work,” he said, pointing out recently-approved Recharge Pakistan project. “The project is perhaps the greatest testament to collaboration as it brings together both government and private stakeholders.” Only through collaboration and exchange of resources, “we can forge a path towards a greener and more sustainable future,” he said.

Formed in 1970, WWF Pakistan works through 32 offices with a team of almost 300 dedicated staff members. With its head office in Lahore, and five regional offices in major cities of Pakistan, it has project offices wherever there is a need and the potential to make a difference. This is a non-profit organization, working to preserve, conserve and save environment and natural resources.