Closing ceremony of COP in my City Islamabad 2017
“Students to be included in COP delegation” Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan.
Islamabad: The Federal Minister Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan presided over the closing ceremony of a two-day event titled COP in my City was organized by Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with Fredrick Naumann Stiftung and COMSATS University Islamabad.
The Federal Minister said, “Students and youth have an important role in combating climate change effects.”
“Considering the importance of youth in environmental issues, I have decided to include two students in our official delegation to represent Pakistan at COP-23 which is scheduled to be held in Germany next month,” added the Federal Minister for Climate Change. We are also taking initiatives to include climate change in educational curricula as environmental education can prepare our young generation in dealing with climate change disasters.”
The two days role play simulation exercise “COP in My City” is a global competition among students, designed on the pattern of actual COP negotiations. The purpose of this exercise is to sensitize the students on climate change issues and apprize them climate change negotiations process. The simulation has already taken place across 200 locations in 70 countries.
The top two winners were hibba Essa AND Abdullah Quresh and third and fourth were Fatimah Mehmood and Ali Shambeel Jafri.This event aimed at selecting two best students for official COP delegation. The Ministry of Climate Change received interest from more than 100 applicants from all over the Pakistan of whom 54 applicants from 22 universities were selected. The institutions represented included University of Punjab, University of Peshawar, IBA Karachi, Habib University, COMSATS, Islamic University Islamabad, Bahria University Islamabad, NUST Islamabad, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Quaid-e-Azam University, Lahore School of Economics, GIKI, Fatimah Jinnah Women University, Government Postgraduate College, Rawalpindi, Institute of Space Technology, Arid Agriculture University, University of Engineering.
The applicants were short listed on the basis of regional and gender balance and educational level. The competitors were divided into 10 groups of whom seven represented nations and national groups while three represented the media, fossil fuel lobby and climate activists. This competition comprised two rounds, namely, “World Climate Simulation” and “World Energy Simulation”. The judges included Dr. Qamar Zaman, author of Pakistan Climate Change Policy, Dr. Toqeer Ahmed Centre for Climate Change and Research COMSATS IIT, Dr. Mahmood Khwaja of SDPI, Ms. Kahsmala Kakakhel, climate expert, and Mr. Farrukh Zaman of CSCCC (Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change). All participants and best delegation were awarded certificates.