Geneva, 10 January 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met with his Uzbeki counterpart, Bakhtiyor Saidov on the sidelines of the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan.

The conference kickstarted yesterday in Geneva and is cohosted by the United Nations (UN) and Pakistan. During the meeting, both sides expressed willingness to work together on connectivity & peace in the region and continued cooperation in all areas.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appreciated the support that Uzbekistan has provided to Pakistan in the face of the worst floods in the history of the country.

Pakistan and Uzbekistan enjoy close and cordial ties where the two countries collaborate in a myriad of domains like the economy, trade, education, and culture for mutual benefit.

International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan

The conference was held in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, today. On January 9, 2023, the Pakistani government and the UN co-hosted the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan.

To assist the people and the government of Pakistan after the devastating floods of 2022, the Conference will bring together governments, leaders from the public and private sectors, and members of civil society.

It has two main goals. The first one is, Describe the Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework (4RF). It outlines a multisectoral approach to rehabilitation and reconstruction that is inclusive of all stakeholders and climate-resilient.

The second is to establish long-term partnerships and secure international assistance to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity for climate adaptation and resilience.

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The Conference’s proceedings will be divided into two sections; a webcast comprising a high-level introduction and announcements about the official release of the 4RF document and partner support.

Pakistan’s worst disaster in decades occurred in 2022 with devastating floods. 8 million people were left homeless, 15,000 people were killed or injured, and a third of the country was submerged.

More than 4 million acres of agricultural land, over 2 million homes, 13,000 kilometers of highways, and 439 bridges were all destroyed or damaged. As a direct result of these floods, an estimated 9 million more people may become poor.