In an effort to reduce travel related carbon footprint, the Pakistan National Committee (PNC) met through video conference on May 18, 2009.
It turned out to be a great success and members from various parts of the country gathered at two locations – Karachi and Islamabad – eliminating the need to travel by air. The video conference facility was provided free of charge by the H.E.J Research Institute of Karachi (a member organization in Pakistan) and the Higher Education Commission in Islamabad.
A key issue discussed was how the PNC envisages support to relief efforts and humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northwestern parts of Pakistan. Nearly 2 million civilians were reported to have been displaced and living in tents under miserable conditions, while more people continue to migrate due to government action against Taliban insurgents in northwestern Pakistan. Most IDPs have arrived with little more than the clothes on their back, and are in urgent need of food, medical care and hygiene kits. IUCN Pakistan was requested by the PNC to receive donations and arrange disbursement to responsible organizations working directly for the IDPs. Organizations willing to join hands in this noble cause, can contact IUCN secretariat in Pakistan. [Contact person: Sarmad Hasan, Manager Finance, Country Group II. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: +92 21 5861540; Fax: +92 21 5861448]
Besides, the PNC also discussed members’ engagement with private sector organizations and involvement of commission members for effective implementation of Intersessional Programme.