Pak Afghan Jirga – World Environment Day Special

Tagline: “Environmental Journalism: Public Awareness for Climate Change Mitigation

Dated: 6th June 2022


A Pak-Afghan Jirga was held in honor of World Environment Day by the Pak Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF) to explore the necessity of “environmental journalism” in the area. Prior to the Jirga meeting, a hike and stroll were organized in Islamabad’s Margalla Hills to foster environmental awareness and let attendees rediscover their connection to nature. Afghanistan-based young journalists took part in the activities. The Jirga was conducted at the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), Islamabad, after the hike.

The President of the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz, gave the opening and welcome remarks before the Jirga. He elaborated on the theme of this year’s World Environment Day and highlighted the harm that humans are doing to nature and natural habitats, which disturbs our entire eco-system and results in disruptions like rising temperatures and food chain irregularities.

Two of the Afghan panellists then spoke, Mr. Abdullah Wali Zada and Mr. Hadees Pardes, who work for Tolo News and CGTN, respectively.

Mr. Salman Javed, Director General PAYF, reminded the audience of the region’s current climate change issues. Mr. Salman Javed also expressed gratitude on behalf of PAYF to the Jirga and hiking activity panellists and participants.