Analysis: How green are Pakistan’s political manifestoes?

(The Third Pole, 3 Feb 2024) The Third Pole looks at the manifestoes of Pakistan’s main political parties in the run up to national elections to see what they promise on green growth, renewables, climate adaptation and mitigation

Pakistan’s national elections are scheduled for February 8, 2024, but election manifestoes by the major parties were only released at the end of January. The Third Pole looks at how the major parties are – or are not – prioritising climate change in their manifestoes.

The front runner PML-N’s ambitious manifesto

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) is considered a frontrunner to lead the next government. With Nawaz Sharif, a three-time prime minister, at its helm, the party unveiled its manifesto on January 27. Comprising 33 sections, the manifesto highlights past accomplishments – during Sharif’s premiership from 2013-18, and 2022-23, when the PML-N was part of the coalition government under prime minister Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif’s brother – and underlines commitments for 2024-29. One section is titled Sustainable Development and Climate Change and focuses on “Building a climate resilient Pakistan”.

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The Third Pole, 3 Feb 2024: Analysis: How green are Pakistan’s political manifestoes?