Envoy urges US, UN, int’l community to contribute generously to post flood reconstruction in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has said the country is living with the consequences of worst climate induced disaster and needs immediate help of the international community.

He said the needs are dire. “There is a misperception that the two phases of relief and recovery are over. They are not over,” he maintained, says a press release received here on Monday from Washington DC.

During his exclusive interview to one of the leading media outlets of the United States, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), on the occasion of International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan, the envoy expressed the hope that under the leadership of the United Nations, United Nations Secretary General and with the convening power of states like the United States, Pakistan would be able to get the required support during the Geneva conference.

“We hope that we would be able to get pledges for the bulk of the requirements for rehabilitation and reconstruction. We need this assistance in the next three years to build climate resilient infrastructure and to preserve what we already have,” he continued. Thanking the United States for its generous and prompt response to the humanitarian needs in the initial phase of relief and recovery, Masood Khan listed three roles that the United States is expected to play.

“One is direct contribution. We hope that the United States would announce a substantial contribution to our endeavor in Geneva. Second is their convening power with other governments and with the international financial institutions. And the third is that it would be a partner in our climate resilient efforts,” the envoy said.

On creation of loss and damage fund during recently held COP 27 meeting, Masood Khan said that creation of loss and damage was an achievement in itself but the fund itself had to be funded. “The real objective of the loss and damage fund is to help vulnerable countries like Pakistan to transition, to move away from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy,” he continued.

He said we will have to repurpose international community’s resources to support this fund. “We have mobilized all our resources but we need the help of the international community particularly for this year,” Masood Khan said.