Geneva, 10 January 2023 (TDI): Canada participated in the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan, held in Geneva Switzerland on January 9, 2023.

The conference focused on mobilizing financial and technical support for flood response and recovery in Pakistan. Canada pledged its continued support and engagement to the ongoing devastating situation In Pakistan.

In 2022, Pakistan faced unprecedented floods caused by melting glaciers. Record monsoon rain affected more than 33 million, resulting in thousands of deaths and pushing a million others into poverty, according to the UN.

At the conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan, the Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, Harjit Sajjan announced his country’s commitment.

He stated that Canada has committed an additional $25 million in funding in response to the flood devastated situation in Pakistan, in total it reaches $58 million in assistance from Canada.

This will support the development projects focused on recovery, reconstruction, as well as resilience in Pakistan.

The assistance funds announced by Canada will go toward supporting projects aligned with Pakistan’s 4RF plan (Resilient, Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction framework).

This multi-sectorial strategy includes institutional, financial, and implementation arrangements for the post-flood recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of Pakistan’s flood devastated situation.

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Minister Sajjan also visited flood-affected areas of Pakistan in September 2022 and “observed the humanitarian response underway and gained a better understanding of what the people of Pakistan face”.

He remains committed to continuing to support those affected by the tragedy caused by Climate Change.

During the conference Minister Sajjan Said, “Canada is committed to helping the people of Pakistan as they continue to recover from the widespread devastation caused by the country’s worst floods in recent history.

Because climate change is affecting the frequency, duration, and intensity of weather events worldwide, we must support countries working to adapt to climate change and become more climate-resilient.

This will be so that they are better prepared for these events and to lessen the events’ impact on communities and individuals.”