UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres arrived in Pakistan on Friday for a two-day solidarity visit amidst the catastrophic situation caused by floods in the country.
He was received by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar at the Islamabad International Airport.
During his visit, Guterres will be visiting flood-affected areas in the country.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has reached Pakistan on a 2-day solidarity visit amidst the catastrophic situation caused by #FloodsInPakistan .
He was received at Islamabad International Airport by MoS for @ForeignOfficePk, @HinaRKhar #APPNews #UNSGinPak @UN pic.twitter.com/7nL221aW1d
— APP 🇵🇰 (@appcsocialmedia) September 9, 2022
“I have arrived in Pakistan to express my deep solidarity with the Pakistani people after the devastating floods here,” said the secretary-general in a tweet.
"I appeal for massive support from the international community as Pakistan responds to this climate catastrophe," he added.
I have arrived in Pakistan to express my deep solidarity with the Pakistani people after the devastating floods here.
I appeal for massive support from the international community as Pakistan responds to this climate catastrophe.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 8, 2022
According to Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, the UNSG will also hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the afternoon.
وزیراعظم شہباز شریف پاکستان کے دو روزہ دورے پر تشریف لانے والے اقوام متحدہ کے سیکریٹری جنرل انتونیوگوتیرس کے ہمراہ NFRCC میں بریفنگ لینے کے بعد آج دوپہر اڑھائی بجے NFRCC میں مشترکہ پریس کانفرنس سے خطاب فرمائیں گے۔PTV براہ راست نشر کرے گا #SolidarityVisit#UNSGinPak
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) September 9, 2022
In a statement released a day earlier, the Foreign Office said that during the visit Guterres "will have meetings with the Pakistani leadership and senior officials to exchange views on the national and global response to this catastrophe caused by climate change".
“The Secretary-General will travel to areas most impacted by the floods. He will interact with displaced families and first responders in the field, and oversee UN’s humanitarian response work in support of the Government’s rescue and relief efforts for millions of affected people,” it added.
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He has also actively supported the $160 million UN “Flash Appeal” to fund Pakistan’s Flood Response Plan.
The visit by the senior UN diplomat is also expected to highlight the importance of sustained international support for Pakistan through the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase, and for building resilience against future climate shocks.