The United Nations General Secretary António Guterres has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit to support Pakistan’s response to the unprecedented flooding crisis the country is facing.
Arriving in Islamabad shortly after midnight on Friday, officials hope that Guterres’ visit will boost international support for the country. “I appeal for massive support from the international community as Pakistan responds to this climate catastrophe,” he said upon his arrival.
Guterres will also be visiting the places worst-hit by flooding in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, and will be meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and will hold joint press conferences with both as well. He will also visit the National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC).
“This visit will make the world better understand the devastation caused by the floods,” Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a statement.
He also acknowledged that Pakistan has not contributed to climate change in a meaningful way, and yet experiences the most devastating effects of it.
Previously on Aug 30, the UN chief had launched a $160m appeal to help the millions “shattered” by the devastating flooding in Pakistan. Terming the calamity it a “monsoon on steroids”, he said the rains and subsequent flooding had resulted in a death toll exceeding 1,000.