Islamabad, 28 October 2022 (TDI): Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar meets Julien Harneis, UN Resident Coordinator (RC) and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan, on Friday October 28th, 2022, at the Foreign Office.

According to a press statement from the Foreign Office, Minister Hina Rabbani spoke about the assistance from the UN for the flood victims, which includes post-flood humanitarian rescue and relief activities.

The Minister also spoke about Islamabad’s comprehensive strategy for recovery and rehabilitation following the post-disaster needs assessment that led to an international fundraising conference.

Relation between Pakistan and RCO

The RC framework strives to unite its several UN agencies in order to increase the efficacy and efficiency of operating processes at the national level.

The Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) has an expanded and reinforced role as part of the One UN effort to give the UN in the nation the necessary direction and drive.

The RCO is working to assist the Pakistani government in upholding its obligations under international agreements, particularly with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition, the RCO in Pakistan is driving the One UN effort to strengthen the UN system in the nation for the benefit of Pakistan’s citizens while providing the most cost-effective services possible. Pakistan was one of the first UN pilot states.

Pakistan-UN’s Collective Flood Response

On August 30, 2022, the UN and the Pakistani government jointly announced the “2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan (FRP)” at the same time in Geneva and Islamabad.

The devastating flood, rain, and landslide that have affected over 33 million people in various regions of Pakistan are the focus against which the FRP is being introduced.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Office, the FRP focuses on the necessities of 5.2 million citizens and includes life-saving recovery efforts worth US$ 160.3 million.

The plan includes food security, support for livestock and agriculture, housing and non-food items, health programmes, primary health care services, safety, clean drinking water, women’s medical and educational support, as well as housing for the homeless.

Flood situation in Pakistan

More than 1,600 individuals have been injured, and over 1,100 people, including more than 350 children, have died.

About 735,000 livestock animals have died, and more than 287,000 residences have been completely and largely demolished. The communications infrastructure has been seriously damaged, and crops on about two million acres have been severely harmed.