PM urges Bill Gates to collaborate in fight against climate change challenges
Under EKBNS, PM vows to expand network of meals-on-wheels kitchens
Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates earlier this week, inviting him to work together against the dangers of climate change.
In his letter, dated April 6, the premier praised the American business mogul’s book, ‘Avoiding a Climate Disaster’, for providing policy-oriented analyses on the critical issue of climate change challenges confronting the global community.
He also informed Bill Gates about the climate challenges being faced by Pakistan, saying the country was on the front lines of the climate challenge, and was amongst the top countries “continuously impacted” by climate change over the past two decades.
The premier however pointed out that Pakistan, at the same time, was a very low contributor to the issue, adding less than one percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, the prime minister said that being a developing country, Pakistan was seeking to achieve climate sensitive economic growth that can only be possible through international cooperation and partnership.
PM Imran further briefed the US billionaire about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government’s pledge to offer climate solutions to the world, focusing on “nature-based solutions” towards a climate compatible trajectory of growth.
The incumbent premier also wrote about how the growing climate impacts were forcing the world to adapt and invest towards establishing early warning systems, fast deployment of climate smart agriculture as well as enhancing of the depleting and increasingly unpredictable freshwater resources.
He urged the Microsoft co-founder to lend his assistance and resources to help Pakistan in matters related to the global climate change.
“Given your high interest in Climate Change, results-oriented dialogue and collaboration between our team of experts can mutually assist to advance our shared vision. This could include developing partnership towar
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday launched the extension of the “Meals on Wheels” program with an ambitious aim for ensuring that no one sleeps hungry across the country, with the addition of service to three more cities.
The Prime Minister’s program was launched a month back by the Prime Minister in Islamabad and has now been extended to Lahore, Faisalabad and Peshawar. The program is being run by Ehsaas, in collaboration with Saylani Welfare Trust and the donations of the philanthropists.
The event was attended virtually by Chief Ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan and Punjab Usman Buzdar who inaugurated the free food service in their respective provinces.
Daily wage earners, particularly the labourers would be the main beneficiaries.
Currently, two custom-built Ehsaas food trucks are providing free cooked meals at different locations in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The meals are cooked, stored and distributed from trucks’ kitchen. Each food truck can feed around 2000 people daily and the service is provided 7 days a week, 365 days a year, twice daily.