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In the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lie the solution to Pakistan’s three central challenges: development, democracy and defence. Implementing the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development, if realised as an integrated policy package, will also lead to long-term economic prosperity, human and environmental development. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh - Director, CDKN Asia

Pakistan is highly vulnerable to natural hazards - exacerbated by the impacts of climate change – and so CDKN worked with the National Disaster Management authority (NDMA) to create a viable Disaster Risk Insurance scheme for the poor and low income families in the most disaster prone areas. CDKN has also worked with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Punjab for climate and disaster resilient construction in the most vulnerable areas of the province. Working with the city government of Karachi, it has helped implement a plan for mitigating the risks related to heat wave effects that claimed the lives of 1200 citizens in the year 2015. CDKN worked with the Ministry of Climate Change and the Government of Punjab to develop a subnational Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) for the city of Sialkot providing renewable energy solutions for its energy-starved private sector industries. Working with the government, as well as the private and development sectors, a comprehensive pioneering study was carried out on low carbon development scenarios for Pakistan based on an evaluation of its greenhouse gas emissions. CDKN also supported the Ministry of Climate Change in scoping and developing a climate compatible development work programme, to provide an action plan for the priority sections of the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP).

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