Geneva, 10 January 2023 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif has praised the role of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) while attending the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan.
The UNHCR has played a generous role during the Afghan Refugee crisis, the Terrorism issue, Pakistan Earthquake (2005), etc. But in the wake of the flood situation Pakistan needs vigorous support from UN agencies and the world community.
The conference has shown more justice and solidarity that the world has come to support Pakistan in a crisis. Resilience is the need of an hour.
Pakistan needs it to endure one of the worst humanitarian crises. Along these lines, Prime Minister Sharif has presented three policy pursuits.
Firstly, Pakistan needs heavy investments to rebuild and reconstruct infrastructure. Moreover, restructuring of the agricultural sector is also required.
Secondly, Pakistan needs to revamp its financial sector which is facing corruption of all sorts. Thirdly, resilient climate action is required.
Moreover, the world financial system should revise its policies towards middle-income countries concerning debt relief and financial concessions.
Recovery and resilience could only be built when financial cushions are given to these countries. Prime Minister Sharif has requested global actors and multilateral platforms to develop such policies.
The developing world is facing more impacts of global warming and changing weather patterns. The consistent rise in temperature is negatively affecting the agriculture sector of countries like Pakistan.
This is also causing negative growth in agricultural allied sectors and even industries. The world community must come forward to resolve such issues.
Pakistan experienced horrific floods in 2022 that left 15,000 people dead and approximately 8 million in displacement. Moreover, floods have destroyed highways, bridges, and agricultural lands.
This has also landed 9 million people in poverty. Pakistan now faces the huge challenge of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Though international organizations (INGOs) such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union, and United Nations (UN) have provided financial support and assistance.