Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived at Paris today on a two-day visit to France to represent Pakistan at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) being held in the French capital from November 30 to December 11.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by first lady Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif and his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and other government officers.
The Prime Minister was recived by senior french officials, Federal Minister for Climate Change Mr. Zahid Hamid, Pakistan’s Ambassador to France Ghalib Iqbal and other senior Embassy officials were also present.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will deliver his speech on November 30th, at about 9 pm Pakistan time, the opening day of the two-week event, which is scheduled to be attended and addressed by 147 world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Prime Minister, who in his statement is expected to highlight Pakistan’s efforts in tackling the climate change challenges, will also join the world leaders at a lunch on 30th November to be hosted by French President Francois Hollande in the honour of the heads of state and government.
Besides addressing the Climate Change Conference, the Prime Minister is also expected to hold some bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Conference.