The Consortium for Development Policy Research in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the World Bank held a session of Lahore Policy Exchange on ‘Setting the Agenda for Climate and Development in Pakistan’. The session was held on Thursday, 15th June from 4:30pm to 6:15pm at 19A FCC, Maratab Ali Road, Gulberg IV, Lahore.

The World Bank recently launched the Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR) for Pakistan that provides recommendations on how to integrate climate resilience with development planning and investment while maximizing opportunities for emissions reduction.

One of the leading champions of the CCDR, John Roome, presented the key messages and recommendations of the report and, together with the panel and the audience, explored the constraints that have prevented Pakistan from achieving this climate-development convergence so far.

The following speakers were part of the panel:

Mr. John Roome (Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development, World Bank) – presented findings from World Bank’s Country Climate and Development Report.

Mr. Omar Masud
 (CEO, Urban Unit) – discussed steps that need to be taken to create livable resilient cities.

Ms. Amina Bajwa (Economist and Food Security Specialist) –  focused on how the federal and provincial governments can help incentivize shifts towards resilient agriculture systems and ensure reliable food supply.

Mr. Rafay Alam (Environmentalist and Lawyer) – discussed the legal, regulatory, and policy barriers in the areas of renewable energy and air pollution.

Ms. Sara Hayat Tamman (Lawyer and Climate Change Specialist) moderated the session.