UN to act on resolution expressing solidarity, support to flood-hit Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: The General Assembly of the United Nations will on Friday take action on a draft resolution expressing solidarity and support to the people and government of Pakistan in the wake of the devastating floods that have killed over 1,600 people and displaced 33 million.

Announcing this at the regular noon briefing on Tuesday, a spokesperson to the body’s president, Paulina Kubiak, said the draft resolution was sponsored by Pakistan.

Among other elements, the draft would have the General Assembly call on the international community to scale up its humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation of Pakistan, and encourages member states, the United Nations, and humanitarian organisations to continue to work together to address the needs of affected populations, particularly the most vulnerable.

It also underscored the need for the international community to maintain its focus beyond the present emergency relief, in order to sustain the political will to support the medium- and long-term rehabilitation, reconstruction and risk reduction efforts as well as the adaptation plan led by the Government of Pakistan.

The resolution, which is expected to have many co-sponsors, would also welcome the proposed convening of a pledging conference to generate assistance and commitments for long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction phases in the disaster-stricken areas.

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