ISLAMABAD: The Green Climate Fund has elected a member from Pakistan on its board, Ministry of Climate Change said here on Friday.

Representing a developing country, Nauman Bashir Bhatti from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will serve in the 24-member board of the Green Climate Fund as co-chair for the year 2020.

The Board, however, will take a formal written decision after receiving the nomination of the second co-chair from the developed countries.

The office term of both the co-chairs will start on Jan 1.

Talking to media here on Friday, Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said: “It is an honor, responsibility and opportunity for Pakistan to be elected as Co-Chair of the Green Climate Fund.”

Nauman Bashir Bhatti will serve in the 24-member board of the Green Climate Fund

It is a significant achievement and demonstrates the trust and confidence in Pakistan’s engagement with the fund, Malik Amin Aslam said.

This will enable Pakistan to enhance engagement and play its role in the global discourse on climate change, in line with the priorities of the government.

Ministry of Climate Change said the GCF was the largest international climate change fund, which has committed over $7 billion since 2015, and has secured additional funding for over $9.8 billion until 2023.

During the past three years, Pakistan has been able to secure three projects from the fund with total worth of $121 million, to coping with glacial outburst of floods (GLOF) in the north, demonstrating the first bio-methane hybrid solution in the transport sector and addressing the impacts of climate change in the agriculture sector.

Published in Dawn, November 16th, 2019

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