Post-flood rebuilding in Pakistan a ‘top priority’, says UN chief

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that “resilient reconstruction” of flood-hit areas in Pakistan was his “top priority” as he reaffirmed “full support” of the UN for ongoing humanitarian work in the country.

The UN chief made the statement in a meeting with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the sidelines of the G77 ministerial conference in New York on Thursday.

According to an official statement, Bilawal conveyed his appreciation to the secretary general for his “solidarity” for massive support to Pakistan in the wake of the devastating floods in the country, and for announcing International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan in Geneva on Jan 9, 2023.

The minister sought the UN’s continued cooperation to secure the participation of key donors, development institutions, and the private sector in the conference to encourage them to support Pakistan’s comprehensive plan and specific project proposals.

Guterres reaffirmed the full support and cooperation of the UN, both for ongoing humanitarian relief work as well as for long-term recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

He said that the success of the conference and Pakistan’s resilient reconstruction were his “top priority”.

The secretary-general also appreciated Pakistan’s timely initiative to convene a special ministerial conference of the G77 and China to build a unified and comprehensive strategy to overcome immediate challenges facing developing countries.