ISLAMABAD - A four-member delegation of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

David Molden, the Director General of ICIMOD, briefed the Minister that ICIMOD is a regional organization engaged in providing technical assistance and sharing knowledge on climate issues and environmental stability. It serves eight regional member countries of the Hindukush Himalyas-Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. The organization is based in Nepal.

Climate change and other issues related with the environment have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and livelihoods of the mountain people, Mr. Molden remarked. He said ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of the new opportunities while addressing upstream-downstream issues.

The Finance Minister said that the government is according due importance to environmental protection and climate change issues and Pakistan will perform its due role at international fora on issues of climate change.

The Finance Minister appreciated the efforts of ICIMOD and desired that the organization should co-ordinate with Ministries concerned for implementation of its projects in Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Marvi Memon, Chairperson BISP (Benazir Income Support Program) Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coordinator and other senior officials of Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of National Food Security and BISP.