ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The UN Secretary-General António Guterres will visit Pakistan on September 9-10, 2022 to express solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan braving a colossal climate-induced natural disaster caused by unprecedented rains and floods across the Country.
During the visit, the UN secretary-general will have meetings with the Pakistani leadership and senior officials to exchange views on the national and global response to this catastrophe caused by climate change.
The UN secretary-general will travel to areas most impacted by the climate catastrophe. He will interact with displaced families and first responders in the field, and oversee UN’s humanitarian response work in support of the Government’s rescue and relief efforts for millions of affected people.
In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that António Guterres’s visit will further raise global awareness about the massive scale of this calamity and the resulting loss of life and widespread devastation.
The visit will contribute towards enhancing commensurate and coordinated international response to the humanitarian and other needs of the 33 million affected Pakistanis.
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres actively supported the US$ 160 million UN “Flash Appeal” to fund Pakistan’s Flood Response Plan and contributed a powerful video message at its launch event held simultaneously in Islamabad and Geneva on August 30, 2022.
The secretary-general has been consistently stressing the linkage of such disasters with the impacts of climate change and warning the international community about the existential threat to our planet in case climate change was not addressed in a timely and effective manner.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that António Guterres’s visit will also spotlight the importance of sustained international support for Pakistan through the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase, and for building resilience against future climate shocks.