Govt sets up Climate Change Authority on court order

Govt sets up Climate Change Authority on court order


Authority was formed under Pakistan Climate Change Act of 2017

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ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - The federal government on Friday established the country’s first “Climate Change Authority” under the Climate Change Act 2017. 

According to a notification of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, the Authority was formed under sub section (1) of Section 5, of the Pakistan Climate Change Act No.X of 2017. 

A three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, in its judgement in the petition of Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan to highlight the existential threat of climate change, had ordered the federal government to establish a climate change authority to cope with the risk of global warming and environmental degradation. 

As per the Climate Change Act 2017, the Minister-in-charge of the Climate Ministry is responsible for establishing the Authority – a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and capable of suing and being sued; acquiring or disposing of movable and immovable property; borrowing money; entering into contracts; and doing or performing all other things or acts necessary for the proper discharge of its functions. 

The Act also mentions that the headquarters of the Authority will be in Islamabad and it may set up its offices at other places as per the requirement. 

The Authority will comprise chairperson, Member (Adaptation), Member (Mitigation), Member (Climate Finance), Member (Coordination) and one member from each province to be nominated by the respective provincial ministers-in-charge. 

The members including chairperson of the authority will be appointed by the prime minister, on such terms and conditions as he may deem fit, in view of their qualifications and experience.

The chairperson and members shall be scientists, academicians, professionals, serving or retired government servants, industrialists, agriculturists and technocrats with at least fifteen years’ experience in fields related to climate change and the environment, with a distinguished service record.