After devastating floods in Pakistan claimed the lives of more than 1,700 people, the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution calling for additional financial aid from the international community.
The resolution, passed by consensus in the 193-member body, emphasized the necessity to help the flood-hit country rebuild after huge floods that left a third of the country under water.
In order to improve resilience and decrease vulnerability to upcoming disasters, it was also emphasized that the Pakistani government and the relevant organizations needed to continue working together throughout the current relief operations, rehabilitation efforts, and reconstruction projects.
Speaking in favor of the resolution, UN Chief António Guterres emphasized that the government of Pakistan needs urgent direction and support and that the scale of the disasters in South Asian nations might last for years.
The UN was informed that deluges in a country in South Asia had resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,700 people, the destruction or damage of 2 million homes, and the submersion of one-third of the nation under fetid, stagnant water.
The UNGA urged member nations and aid organizations to cooperate in order to meet the many needs of the impacted communities, especially the most vulnerable.
While speaking before the UNGA, Pakistan’s Ambassador Akram drew the attention of the other member states to the devastation caused by catastrophic floods.
He stated that the anticipated overall cost of the disaster is $32 billion, or almost 10% of the nation’s GDP.
Munir Akram emphasized the creation of global mechanisms to enable climate-struck countries to access resources to mitigate the effects of the ever-more frequent and more intense climate disasters and to recover quickly. Countries, like Pakistan, that face such climate-induced disasters shouldn’t be left to fend for themselves, he said.