Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman has been named amongst the 25 most influential women of 2022 by UK’s Financial Times.
The list has selected the candidates under three categories-leaders, heroes, and creators. Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, calls her ‘the negotiation with grit’ in the feature. “At COP27 last month, Rehman gave a powerful account of the devastating floods in Pakistan, highlighting the injustice at the heart of climate change. “She told us ‘the bargain made between the global north and global south is not working. Through the power of her argument, she forced developed countries to listen,” Sturgeon wrote.
The Scottish leader wrote: “Her negotiating skills, her pragmatism in navigating the blocks that developed countries put in her way, and her campaigning voice were instrumental in the progress on loss and damage at COP27. “Her moral authority, representing communities suffering the impacts of climate change, led to the ground-breaking agreement to establish a fund that has given renewed hope to many in the global south. “I do not doubt that Sherry will continue in her campaign for climate justice, for global financial reform, and for the vital funds required to secure a future for those parts of Pakistan that will suffer the impact of this year’s floods for a long time to come.”
The Financial Times list also includes the names of Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Tennis player Serena Williams and Meghan Markle.
Sherry Rehman attended the COP27 along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif representing Pakistan and raising awareness regarding the devastating floods in Pakistan.
Addressing the concluding plenary, Sherry Rehman said: “We have struggled for thirty years for this path and achieved it. This fund is the down payment in our joined futures and investment in our coming generations. The establishment of Fund is not about dispensing charity but rather an investment in our joint future.”