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The Situation Before And After All Parties Conference (APC)



Ever since  the  PML (N) Led  Coalition  Government  of Veteran Senior Leader and  Two times  Premier   Mian  Mohammad Shareef  came  to  Power  after  May 11 Elections  in which  they  got  heavy  mandate  from  the  Punjab  Province  where  as  PPPP  was  limited  to Sindh  after  losing the  grip  over  Punjab  Provincial  as well  as  Federal  Seats  during much  echoed  Elections  2013 which  brought  about  many upsets  and   people  started  to wonder  that  How  the  heavy weights  were  defeated  by  youth Leaders  of  PTI  in  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  where  PTI enjoys  simple  Majority  and running the  government  in coalition with the  Moderate  Religious  Party   Jamaat –e-Islami  .

Whereas Baluchistan saw  a  mix response  since  no party has been able to get any clear  majority and  the same Coalition government is  to decide  the  conflict ridden Baluchistan and face the challenging situation of law and order .As for as   the State of Baluchistan  Assembly  is  concerned ,after  assumption of  the Office of Chief Minister  of   Dr Abdul Malik  , A Nationalist Leader , the  situation  is very ambiguous as  the  cabinet is  yet  to be  inducted. So far , he  has  been  sole Leader  to  lead  the  Conflict ridden  and  now  the  Quake  Ridden  Baluchistan government  where  separatists  have  crippled  the  very roots  of  the  peace  and  people  have  been  living a  appalling life. Even the  Passengers  moving in and  from the  parts  of  the  country are  assailed   on the  National Highways as well as  inter Provincial Routes. As many as 300 innocent passengers have lost their life on ethnic backgrounds during their traveling to Quetta and other Balouch dominated routes. Most of the Killings are claimed balouch separatist Groups. This is a dreadful security and Law and Order situation in Baluchistan But the irony is that still the Malik’s Government going without the cabinet.

Sindh  is  the  same  as  it was  five years  ago  in PPP led Coalition government since  the  same  old  faces  except some  new  faces  made  their  way to the  Assemblies  . The PPP’s long time Coalition  party MQM ,  has  been  keeping  itself  away from the  state  of  Government affairs due  to  their inclination towards  PML  (N)  They have also made their participation in the Government  on conditional basis and their under trial Boss Altaf Hussain went further and  held Referendum on the  basis  that whether  they should join the  Government or  not in coalition with  PPP. Despite being offered  to Join the  Sindh Government on Multiple  Occasion by  PPP representation ,MQM is  deliberately  keep  itself  away  from the state of Affairs of PPP but their Governor is  holding the  key Position and many analysts are  of  the  view  that they will retain the position till  the  end  of  PML (N) government tenure .

ors ,rushing to Dubai ,meeting  Party chief at London , PML (N) Government  has not replaced Governor but rather  retained  the  Governor  of  Sindh  Dr  Isharatul Ibad  . Even he has  been tasked  to monitor  the  Targeted  Operation   led   by  CM  Sindh  Syed  Qaim Ali Shah and  initiated  on the  Federal Government  directives  after  they held  the  Cabinet meeting  at  Governor  House  of  Sindh at after  the  strong  demand  of  Traders and Karachi citizens .

It was  decided  that the  targeted  Operation will  be  initiated  and  turned down the  demand of  MQM  to Deploy  Army for Operation  in Karachi as law and  order Situation was  Abysmal and alarming. after  considering   the  Loc  tension  and  massive deployment of  Army in  Pak-Afghan  border  to  control  the  infiltration, It  was  decided unanimously that  the  Operation will be  carried  out by  Rangers  supported  by  Police  on the lines  of  impartiality  as  no  Office  of  any  Political  party  will be  assailed  on the grounds  of  partiality . So far , MQM has  been  frequently  complaining  against  victimization of  the  MQM  and  arrests of  its workers through Press Conferences   but on the  other  hand  the  rangers  and  Police  spokes persons  reject  such claims  and  add  that   the  action  is being taken  on the  strong intelligence  reports  and  criminal  records  .

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Coming  to  KPK  , we  have  experienced  the  worst  state  of  law and  order  situation  since  the  provincial  capital Peshawar  has  become  the  prime target  for  militant  activities  and series  of  Bomb Blasts  herald  the  clear  messages  that   the  terrorists are  running amok  and  the  Federal Interior  Minister  has  been  doing the  job of  just  a  viewer to watch what is  happening in KPK  and  they  do not  seem to be serious regarding security matters concerning the  safety of  precious  lives  of their  fellow  Pakistanis  .

Some  analysts  also  disclose  that  this  may be a  conspiracy  to  fail  the  PTI  Government in KPK  since  it is  very  first time  that  PTI  which is  very  new  in comparison to  the  Professional Political  players    such  as  Jamiat  Ulama –e Islam  , PML N  ,PPP  , ANP  and PKMAP  in respect  of  holding the  important  Government of  KPK may collapse due to challenging law and order situation and prevent them from establishing government in the centre due to long  standing problems  of  Talibanization and Suicide  Bombings   specially tribal belts.

The massive casualties have  already crossed thousands   and  PTI led  government is  between the  devil and deep  see  in controlling  heightened  law  and  order situation which  shows  no improvement  ever since  the  honeymoon period  is  over  as  in Pakistan  it is  rare  to enjoy the   honeymoons  .

If you enjoy the honeymoons, you will be assailed by the powerful goons. The  Most disturbing  is the  Drones  issue  since  drone strikes  are  counterproductive  and  inflict multiple  implications on the  country’s  sovereignty  , Economy  , law and  Order situation and  ignite  a  wave of  hatred  among the  tribal people  specially north Wazirstan . Pakistan has  protested  in United Nations  against  the  drone  strikes  since  they are considered  an attack on the sovereignty of  the Nations  but the  Pakistani pleas  have  not been given due  weightage  by  Obama Administration so far.

As  regards  the  APC  , It was  held  on 9th   September 2013  and  all the  main stream parties  , Chief Ministers and  Governors  of  all fours  provinces  , Chief Army Staff  General  Pervez  Kayani  and  ISI Chief  also  participated  in the  APC  . It  was  decided  after briefing from the  Members and Specially Armed forces Chief and  Intelligence Agency Chief  that  Dialogue  will be  initiated  with the  Taliban since  Pakistan is very peaceful country and  It will prefer  Dialogue  than  initiating iron hand  with the support of  ISI and  Pakistan Army  . But the APC kept the option of military action open in case the talks with Taliban Leaders fail.

All  the  Representatives  of  Main Stream  parties  appreciated the Efforts  and sacrifices  of  Pakistan Army   for the  Sake  of  bringing  Peace in the  region as well as  suppressing militancy  for  the defense  of  the  country  since  Militancy , Terrorism , Religious  Extremism  and  ethnic  Conflicts  have played havoc with the law and order situation and  rocked  the  very roots of  the  country . The  Rising  inflation  and  rapid  devaluation  of  Rupee  has  heralded   serious  repercussions for the  Pakistan having already  fragile  Economy  .  The  fading investments  in the Country  and  growing security concern  on  internal  as well as  External fronts  have  demanded  to  frame  Strict laws  for  the  extermination of  the  anti state elements  who are  mercenaries  and their only role  is  to destabilize  the  country by creating deteriorating law and order situation .

The Most Important  point which  revolves  in  every Pakistani’s  mind  that will  the  dialogue  breed  positive  results  and  who  will  guarantee that  TTP’s multiple  factions will come to terms with the  Government  and accept  the  writ  of   Government since  they do not accept the  accept  even  the  constitution of  Pakistan .  Even the Punjabi faction of Talibans enjoys their unique identity contrasting other Taliban entities.

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But  Before  the  dialogue  , there  should  be  a  ceasefire  and  there  should not be  any  attack  on Army convoy  , religious  Places  such as  Mosques  , Imam Bargahs , Temples and  Churches  . There should not be forced Disappearances or kidnappings by TTP Factions.

The above questions are  very  difficult  to be answered  keeping  in view  the  post  APC  scenario as many as  ten  Attacks  have made  including  attack  on Church  in which  innocent  Christians  were  killed . The  Peshawar has  become the  centre of  TTP  activities and  even  Legislators  have  lost their  precious lives  . The most alarming  message  was  the four bomb blasts  in the Provincial headquarters  of four provinces  at the same day by Suicide bombers raising concerns  for  the  success of  talks  with Taliban as was decided  during APC .

The  APC  success  lies  on the  above  questions  and  if  above  questions  go unanswered  then  such APC’s  will  have  the  same  tragic  end  as  was  of  earlier  one’s  on the  same  issues of  terrorism and  Militancy.  Even some  circles  in  Federal Government  specially  Interior  Ministry  are thinking of  revisiting their  Policy on  Security and  Dialogue  .

They have also  drafted  the national Security Policy which is  yet to get  the momentum  along with  strategy  of  Developing  Rapid Response  Force  to cope  with  Situation occurring  time to time  like  the  Sikandar  Solo drama who made  the Capital Police of  Islamabad  on Hold  for  Hours  and  posted  the message for the Security Policy makers  that he  has  displayed  live  show  , watched by millions  of  the  people around the world through live coverage of news channels  that  how a single  armed  person like Sikandar  with help  of  Sincere  wife  and  injured  kids  leaked  the  inefficiency of  Islamabad  Police  that  failed  to put hold  on single superman .

The Demoralized  Police  have  become  a laughing stalk for  the public  and  the concerns of  public  have to   a  level that  they have  lost their  belief on the  Police  completely and consider  taking their  own initiatives  for  self  security  . The Same  is the  situation in Karachi  , Peshawar , Quetta  , Punjab and  other parts of  the  Country.

Finally , the Government has  to rethink ,review  ,revisit and redraft the  policies  and  come  up with  renewed  , innovative  and  lasting solutions  specially the security  to restore  peace  in the country since  peace  is the  first step towards  the  development since  peace  has  multi dimensional  effects  on the country and  it makes the country a  friendly  place  to live  and  let  live  and  invest  the  funds and  contribute  in the  development of  their beloved country.

The PML (N) will  have  to take  bitter  decisions in  national interest to  bring peace  in the  region as Pakistan has  already  paid  heavy  price  for  being one of  the biggest  and important ally of  US  in war against  Terrorism emerging  after  9/11 Strikes  on  WTC . Pakistan has been facing multi faceted threats in the region including internal threats of militancy, Religious Extremism and Ethnic issues.

To cope with the long standing issues, PML (N) Government should take everyone on board, be it dialogue with TTP leaders or initiating operation against the Problem makers. The Security Personnel  should  be  trained  on modern lines and equipped  with sophisticated  weapons and  equipments  to tackle  with emerging  law and  order situation.


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10 Best US Presidents of All Time: A Comprehensive Ranking



The United States has had 46 presidents, each with their own unique leadership style, accomplishments, and controversies. While some presidents are remembered for their exceptional leadership and achievements, others are infamous for their failures and shortcomings. The list of the top 10 best US presidents of all time is a topic of much debate among historians, political scientists, and the general public.

Criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a president’s leadership varies greatly. Many experts consider factors such as their vision, ability to set an agenda, public communication skills, legislative success, economic management, and foreign policy. Others focus on the president’s character, integrity, and moral leadership. The criteria used to evaluate the presidents can be subjective and vary from one expert to another.

Despite the varying criteria, some presidents are consistently ranked among the top 10 best US presidents of all time. These presidents are recognized for their significant contributions to the country, their leadership during difficult times, and their lasting impact on American society. In this article, we will explore the top 10 best US presidents of all time and the reasons behind their enduring legacies.

Key Takeaways

  • The criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a president’s leadership varies greatly.
  • The top 10 best US presidents of all time are recognized for their significant contributions to the country, their leadership during difficult times, and their lasting impact on American society.
  • The list of the top 10 best US presidents is a topic of much debate among historians, political scientists, and the general public.

Criteria for Evaluation

When evaluating the best US Presidents of all time, historians and experts use a variety of criteria to assess their leadership and legacy. Here are the key factors that are commonly considered:

Leadership Qualities

The ability to inspire and lead the nation is a critical factor in evaluating a President’s greatness. This includes factors such as communication skills, charisma, vision, and the ability to make tough decisions. A President who can rally the nation during times of crisis and inspire confidence in their leadership is highly valued.

Domestic Policies

A President’s domestic policies are also a key factor in their legacy. This includes their ability to pass legislation that benefits the country and improves the lives of its citizens. Presidents who prioritize issues such as civil rights, healthcare, education, and economic equality are often viewed favourably.

Foreign Policies

A President’s foreign policies are also an important consideration. This includes their ability to maintain strong relationships with allies, negotiate treaties, and promote peace and stability around the world. Presidents who successfully navigate international conflicts and promote American values on the global stage are often highly regarded.

Economic Management

The state of the economy is a crucial factor in evaluating a President’s legacy. A President who can create jobs, reduce unemployment, and promote economic growth is highly valued. This includes factors such as tax policies, government spending, and trade agreements.

Crisis Management

Finally, a President’s ability to handle crises is a critical factor in their legacy. This includes their response to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other unexpected events. Presidents who can maintain calm and provide effective leadership during times of crisis are often viewed as great leaders.

Overall, evaluating a President’s legacy is a complex process that involves a variety of factors. By considering their leadership qualities, domestic policies, foreign policies, economic management, and crisis management skills, historians and experts can gain a better understanding of their impact on the nation and the world.

Top 10 Presidents Overview

The United States has had 46 Presidents since its inception, and each of them has left a lasting impact on the country. However, some Presidents have stood out due to their exceptional leadership, decisive action, and legacy. In this article, we will look at the top 10 Presidents of all time, as rated by experts and historians.

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The following table summarizes the top 10 Presidents, along with their political party, years in office, and key achievements:

RankPresidentPolitical PartyYears in OfficeKey Achievements
1Abraham LincolnRepublican1861-1865Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War victory, preserved the Union
2George WashingtonNone (Federalist)1789-1797Revolutionary War hero, established the presidency, set precedents
3Franklin D. RooseveltDemocratic1933-1945New Deal, World War II leadership, Social Security, United Nations
4Theodore RooseveltRepublican1901-1909Trust-busting, conservation, Panama Canal, Pure Food and Drug Act
5Thomas JeffersonDemocratic-Republican1801-1809Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Declaration of Independence
6Harry S. TrumanDemocratic1945-1953Atomic bomb, Marshall Plan, NATO, desegregation of the military
7Woodrow WilsonDemocratic1913-1921League of Nations, Federal Reserve, women’s suffrage, World War I leadership
8James K. PolkDemocratic1845-1849Mexican-American War, Oregon Treaty, California Gold Rush
9Dwight D. EisenhowerRepublican1953-1961Interstate Highway System, desegregation of Little Rock schools, Cold War leadership
10Ronald ReaganRepublican1981-1989Reaganomics, end of Cold War, conservative resurgence

Each of these Presidents has made significant contributions to the country, and their legacies continue to shape the United States today. From Lincoln’s fight to preserve the Union and abolish slavery, to Reagan’s conservative resurgence and end of the Cold War, each President has left a unique mark on American history.

Presidential Impact

When it comes to evaluating the best US Presidents of all time, one of the most important factors to consider is their impact on the country. This can be measured in a variety of ways, including social progress, technological advancements, and constitutional significance.

Social Progress

Several US Presidents have had a significant impact on social progress in the country. For example, Abraham Lincoln is widely regarded as one of the greatest Presidents in American history due to his role in ending slavery and preserving the Union during the Civil War. Franklin D. Roosevelt is another President who had a significant impact on social progress, particularly through his New Deal policies that helped to lift the country out of the Great Depression.

Technological Advancements

Many US Presidents have also had a significant impact on technological advancements in the country. For example, Thomas Jefferson is known for his contributions to science and technology, including his support for the Lewis and Clark expedition and his creation of the United States Military Academy at West Point. More recently, Barack Obama is known for his support of renewable energy and efforts to combat climate change.

Constitutional Significance

Finally, many US Presidents have had a significant impact on the Constitution and the legal framework of the country. For example, George Washington is known for his role in creating the office of the President and establishing many of the traditions that are still in place today. Similarly, Abraham Lincoln is known for his role in preserving the Union and strengthening the power of the federal government.

Controversies and Challenges

Being the President of the United States comes with its fair share of controversies and challenges. The best US Presidents of all time have had to navigate through difficult situations and make tough decisions that have often been met with criticism and opposition.

For instance, Abraham Lincoln, who is considered one of the best US Presidents of all time, faced strong opposition from Southern states that were against his anti-slavery policies. This eventually led to the Civil War, which claimed the lives of over 600,000 Americans. Despite the challenges, Lincoln remained steadfast in his beliefs and successfully led the Union to victory.

Another President who faced significant challenges was Franklin D. Roosevelt. During his time in office, the country was facing one of its worst economic crises – the Great Depression. Roosevelt implemented a series of policies, known as the New Deal, to help the country recover. However, his policies were met with opposition from some who believed that they were too interventionist and threatened individual freedoms.

John F. Kennedy is also another President who faced controversies during his time in office. His administration was marked by the Cuban Missile Crisis, which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Kennedy’s handling of the crisis was met with both praise and criticism, with some believing that he acted too aggressively, while others believed that he acted with restraint and prevented a global catastrophe.

Despite these controversies and challenges, the best US Presidents of all time have remained committed to their vision and have worked tirelessly to serve their country and its people. Their legacies continue to inspire and guide future generations of leaders.

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Legacy and Influence

The legacy and influence of a president can be measured by the policies they implemented, the crises they faced, and their impact on the country and the world. The following US presidents have left a lasting legacy and have had a significant influence on American history:

1. George Washington

As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the precedent for future presidents to follow. His leadership during the American Revolution and his role in drafting the US Constitution solidified his place in history. Washington’s Farewell Address warned against political factions and foreign alliances, which continue to influence American foreign policy to this day.

2. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War and his Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery, cemented his place as one of the greatest US presidents. His Gettysburg Address, which emphasized the importance of democracy and equality, is still quoted today.

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies helped the country recover from the Great Depression and his leadership during World War II helped the Allies defeat Nazi Germany. His Social Security Act and other New Deal programs continue to benefit Americans to this day.

4. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson’s authorship of the Declaration of Independence and his advocacy for individual liberty and religious freedom are still celebrated today. He also made the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States.

5. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation efforts and his role in establishing national parks and forests helped preserve America’s natural resources. He also strengthened the role of the presidency and the federal government, which has had a lasting impact on American politics.

6. Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan helped end World War II and his Marshall Plan helped rebuild Europe after the war. He also desegregated the military and pushed for civil rights legislation.

7. John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis and his commitment to the space program helped establish America as a global superpower. He also advocated for civil rights and his assassination in 1963 shocked the nation.

8. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s conservative policies and his role in ending the Cold War helped shape American politics in the 20th century. His economic policies, known as “Reaganomics,” emphasized free-market capitalism and deregulation.

9. Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president and his policies, such as the Affordable Care Act and the Paris Climate Agreement, have had a significant impact on American history. His presidency also marked a shift towards more progressive politics.

10. Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s presidency was marked by controversy and polarization. His policies, such as tax cuts and immigration restrictions, have had a significant impact on American politics. His impeachment and the storming of the Capitol in 2021 will also be remembered as defining moments of his presidency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which U.S. President is considered the greatest according to historical surveys?

Historians generally agree that Abraham Lincoln is the greatest U.S. President of all time. In fact, he has consistently topped the lists of greatest American Presidents in various surveys conducted by scholars and experts. In the most recent Presidential Historians Survey conducted by C-SPAN in 2021, Lincoln secured the top spot, highlighting his exceptional leadership during the Civil War and his significant contributions towards abolishing slavery.

How do presidential historians rank the top American Presidents?

Presidential historians rank the top American Presidents based on their achievements and impact on the country. They evaluate the Presidents’ effectiveness in areas such as crisis leadership, vision and agenda setting, economic management, and public persuasion. They also consider their character, integrity, and moral authority. The rankings are based on a combination of objective and subjective criteria and are often influenced by the historians’ own political and ideological views.

What criteria are used to evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. Presidents?

Historians evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. Presidents based on various criteria, including their leadership skills, policy achievements, public support, and legacy. They also consider the context in which they served, such as the political, social, and economic challenges of their time. Some of the key factors that historians use to evaluate Presidents include their ability to manage crises, their vision and agenda setting, their economic policies, their foreign policy achievements, and their impact on civil rights and social justice.

Who are the most influential U.S. Presidents in history?

The most influential U.S. Presidents in history are those who have had a lasting impact on the country’s development and trajectory. Some of the most influential Presidents include George Washington, who played a crucial role in the founding of the nation; Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the Civil War and abolished slavery; Franklin D. Roosevelt, who guided the country through the Great Depression and World War II; and Ronald Reagan, who redefined the role of government and conservatism in American politics.

Which U.S. Presidents have had the biggest impact on the country’s development?

Many U.S. Presidents have had a significant impact on the country’s development, but some stand out more than others. Some of the Presidents who have had the biggest impact on the country’s development include George Washington, who helped establish the foundations of American democracy; Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence and expanded the nation’s territory; Abraham Lincoln, who preserved the Union and abolished slavery; and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who implemented the New Deal and led the country through World War II.

What are the latest rankings of U.S. Presidents by scholars?

The latest rankings of U.S. Presidents by scholars are based on the most recent surveys and polls conducted by various organizations. In the most recent Presidential Historians Survey conducted by C-SPAN in 2021, Abraham Lincoln was ranked as the greatest U.S. President of all time, followed by George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, different surveys and polls may produce different results, depending on the methodology and criteria used.

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COP 28 Dubai 2023: Uniting for a Sustainable Future Amidst Climate Change Challenges




The world is at a critical juncture in its fight against climate change. The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly evident, from rising sea levels to extreme weather events. As the window for action narrows, the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28), slated to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023, stands as a pivotal event in addressing this global crisis.

The overarching goal of COP 28 is to accelerate global climate action and ensure that the world stays on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this, the conference will focus on three key objectives:

  1. Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs): NDCs are the plans submitted by each country outlining their climate actions and commitments. COP 28 will aim to strengthen NDCs and ensure they are aligned with the Paris Agreement goals.
  2. Accelerating the Renewable Energy Transition: Transitioning to renewable energy sources is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and curbing climate change. COP 28 will focus on accelerating this transition by promoting renewable energy policies, financing, and technological advancements.
  3. Enhancing Adaptation and Resilience Strategies: Climate change is already having severe impacts on communities and ecosystems worldwide. COP 28 will address this by promoting adaptation and resilience strategies, including climate-resilient infrastructure, ecosystem-based adaptation, and community engagement.

The stakes at COP 28 are high. If decisive action is not taken, the world will face irreversible environmental damage, jeopardizing the well-being and prosperity of current and future generations. COP 28 provides a critical opportunity for global leaders to unite, forge ambitious commitments, and accelerate climate action to secure a sustainable future.

Why is COP 28 Dubai 2023 Important?

COP 28 Dubai 2023 is crucial for several reasons:

  • Urgency of Strong International Commitments: The window for action to avert the worst impacts of climate change is rapidly closing. COP 28 must deliver strong and ambitious commitments from all countries to reduce emissions and enhance climate action.
  • Consequences of Inaction: Failure to take decisive action at COP 28 will have severe consequences. Global temperatures will continue to rise, leading to more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and widespread disruptions to ecosystems and human societies.
  • Platform for Resilience and Sustainability: COP 28 provides a platform for fostering climate resilience and sustainability. By sharing knowledge, best practices, and innovative solutions, countries and stakeholders can strengthen their responses to climate change and build a more resilient future.
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What to Expect at COP 28 Dubai 2023?

The COP 28 agenda will cover a wide range of climate change issues, including:

  • Enhancing NDCs: Countries will discuss strategies to strengthen their NDCs and bridge the ambition gap.
  • Renewable Energy Transition: The focus will be on accelerating the deployment of renewable energy technologies and promoting supportive policies.
  • Adaptation and Resilience: Discussions will center on enhancing adaptation measures, building climate-resilient infrastructure, and promoting community engagement.
  • Just Transition and Climate Justice: The conference will address the need for a fair and equitable transition to a low-carbon economy, ensuring that no one is left behind.

COP 28 will also feature a high-level segment where heads of state and government will deliver speeches and participate in high-level dialogues. Additionally, various side events, workshops, and exhibitions will showcase innovative solutions, best practices, and cutting-edge technologies.

1: Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

NDCs are the backbone of the Paris Agreement, forming the basis for global climate action. At COP 28, countries will focus on enhancing NDCs in several ways:

  • Assessing Progress on NDCs: Evaluating the effectiveness of current NDCs in curbing emissions and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Increasing Ambition in NDCs: Exploring approaches to raise the ambition level of NDCs, aligning them with the 1.5-degree Celsius goal.
  • Enhancing Transparency and Accountability: Strengthening mechanisms for tracking NDC implementation and ensuring countries meet their commitments.

2: Renewable Energy Transition

The transition to renewable energy sources is essential for achieving the Paris Agreement goal of mitigating climate change. At COP 28, countries will focus on accelerating this transition by:

  • Renewable Energy Policies and Regulations: Implementing supportive policies and regulations that incentivize renewable energy investment and deployment.
  • Financing Renewable Energy Projects: Mobilizing financial resources and developing innovative financing mechanisms to support renewable energy projects.
  • Advancements in Renewable Technologies: Promoting research and development in renewable energy technologies to enhance their efficiency, affordability, and scalability.

3: Adaptation and Resilience Strategies

As climate change impacts intensify, adaptation and resilience strategies are crucial for protecting communities and ecosystems. At COP 28, countries will focus on:

  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development: Integrating climate resilience considerations into infrastructure planning, design, and construction.
  • Integrated Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approaches: Incorporating ecosystem-based solutions, such as restoring natural ecosystems, into adaptation plans.
  • Community Engagement and Knowledge Sharing for Adaptation: Empowering communities through knowledge sharing, capacity building, and participatory approaches to adaptation.
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4: Just Transition and Climate Justice

The transition to a low-carbon economy must be just and equitable, ensuring that no one is left behind. At COP 28, countries will address this by:

  • Equity in Climate Action: Integrating equity considerations into climate policies, ensuring that the most vulnerable communities are not disproportionately affected by climate change and climate action.
  • Social Impacts and Workforce Transition: Addressing the potential social and economic impacts of the transition on workers and communities, providing support for retraining and reskilling.
  • International Cooperation and Solidarity: Strengthening international cooperation and support mechanisms to assist developing countries in achieving a just transition.

5: Summary and Conclusion

COP 28 Dubai 2023 stands as a pivotal moment in the global fight against climate change. The conference must deliver strong and ambitious commitments from all countries to accelerate climate action and ensure the world stays on track to achieve the Paris Agreement goals. By enhancing NDCs, accelerating the renewable energy transition, strengthening adaptation and resilience strategies, and promoting a just transition, COP 28 can pave the way for a sustainable and resilient future for all.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1: What is the COP 28 Dubai 2023 conference?

COP 28 Dubai 2023 is the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

2: What are Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and why are they important?

NDCs are the plans submitted by each country outlining their climate actions and commitments. They are crucial for implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving global climate goals.

3: How can renewable energy transition contribute to addressing climate change?

Transitioning to renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal power, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating climate change impacts.

4: What are adaptation and resilience strategies, and why are they necessary in combating climate change?

Adaptation and resilience strategies help communities and ecosystems prepare for and cope with the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

5: What is a just transition and why is it crucial in addressing climate change and socio-economic inequalities?

A just transition ensures that the shift to a low-carbon economy is fair and equitable, protecting vulnerable communities and workers from negative impacts while promoting sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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TPNW can prevent nuclear disaster in South Asia



The second Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons began at the United Nations Headquarters on 27 November and will continue until 1 December 2023. Ambassador (Dr.) Juan Ramón de la Fuente (Mexico) was elected as President of the Meeting.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations calls the Treaty “an important step towards the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and a strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament.”

Ambassador Melissa Parke of Australia and the Executive Director of ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ (ICAN) warned the world body during the high-level opening statement that “Nuclear-armed states, instead of pursuing disarmament following their legal obligations, are squandering tens of billions of dollars every year to ‘improve’ and expand their arsenals. A theft from the world’s poor. An insult to all who value peace…Some of these same states are also waging wars of aggression – with staggering death tolls and undeniable nuclear risks…Against this backdrop of bloodshed, we must renew our call not only for nuclear disarmament, but also, more broadly, for multilateral approaches to peace and security, and for adherence to the international rule of law, based on the UN Charter.”

It is worth mentioning here that ICAN was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for the leadership role it played in achieving Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Arundhati Roy, an Indian novelist and activist was representing the aspirations of hundreds of millions of people all over the world when she wrote in “Cost of Living” that “It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they’re used. The fact that they exist at all, their presence in our lives, will wreak more havoc than we can begin to fathom. Nuclear weapons pervade our thinking. Control our behaviour. Administer our societies. Inform our dreams. They bury themselves like meat hooks deep in the base of our brains. They are purveyors of madness. They are the ultimate colonizer. Whiter than any white man that ever lived. The very heart of whiteness.”

I completely agree with Ms. Roy for her foresight about the danger of the existence of nuclear weapons. Perhaps not by coincidence, the danger of nuclear threat in South Asia should be of paramount interest to the world body. Kashmir is the bone of contention in the nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan. It has been regarded by President Bill Clinton as the most dangerous place on earth. Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark said, “Kashmir is a nuclear flashpoint.” Kashmir is the only nation in the world which is surrounded by three nuclear powers – India, Pakistan & China. Perhaps that was the reason that former President Obama said on November 10, 2010, in New Delhi, “The resolution of Kashmir is in the interest of India, Pakistan and the region and the United States.”

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Kashmir currently has more than 900,000 military and paramilitary troops occupying the Valley with no more than 10 million people, a ratio of one soldier for every 10 citizens. However, because of their concentration in the towns and cities, the density is more like 5 to one. Imagine what that would be like on your city block.

Having so many troops in this small country whose size is no greater in square miles than the U.S. state of Tennessee should certainly be a cause for concern by anyone. Why are Indian forces there? Where’s the war? Is neighbouring Pakistan about to invade? Is China? Do they have a similar number of troops amassing at the border? This is more than three times the number of troops the U.S. had at the height of the Iraq War. The answer is None of the Above. It’s a curious fact that we have a very circular problem inherent in a deep paranoia India has long had of an uprising and its use of such troops to maintain control and put down any threat has become a way of life. It’s like avoiding a fire by burning down the house first.

The possibility of such an uprising is greatly enhanced and exacerbated by the presence of these troops and would more likely be a direct provocation for such an uprising and has been. Rather than relieve the pressure in the cooker by taking it off the fire, India’s solution has been to simply turn up the burner. The greatest cause of discontent is this constant abrasive to the social conscience, this erosion of trust in New Delhi, and a pervasive atmosphere of fear. People look for leadership elsewhere in their ranks, and they have. There is a deeply entrenched movement at the grassroots level that has become very influential in being the voice of public opinion.

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It is a historical fact that when the Kashmir dispute erupted in 1947-1948, the United States championed the stand that the future status of Kashmir must be ascertained following the wishes and aspirations of the people of the territory. The United States was the principal sponsor of resolution # 47 which was adopted by the Security Council on 21 April 1948 and based on that unchallenged principle. Following the resolution, the United States, a leading member of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP), adhered to that stand.  The basic formula for settlement was incorporated in the resolutions of that Commission adopted on 13 August 1948 and 5 January 1949.

But India would not then and will not now honour that commitment or admit that its claim to Kashmir is illegitimate. And it will not admit to the world that the people of Kashmir have no faith in Indian democracy. Perhaps India believes that if it keeps repeating the same lie over and over again, that Kashmir is an integral part of India, things will settle down if a few carrots are offered, and the problem will go away.

Who knows it better than India that the cry for azadi (Freedom) in Kashmir has simply gotten louder? As such the level of tensions between India and Kashmir and between India and Pakistan show few signs of letting up any time soon. And ignoring the decades-old problem of refusing to resolve the question of Kashmiri sovereignty and self-determination has not only led to deep unrest among the Kashmiris; it has also led to two wars between India and Pakistan. That they are now both nuclear-armed states raises the stakes dramatically and calls for action to defuse these tensions immediately.

Perhaps it’s time the major powers take this seriously. The answer is plain as day for anyone. Kashmir has international legitimacy. It has international sanctity. It commits the United Nations Security Council. These commitments should once and for all be honoured. The clock is ticking. Every day that passes without a resolution of the Kashmir dispute is one day closer to a cataclysm that will reach far beyond the borders of all countries involved.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai is also Secretary General World Kashmir Awareness Forum.

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