ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) António Guterres on Friday said that Pakistan is among the worst affected from climate change globally and requires massive financial support to deal with floods, ARY NEWS reported.
Speaking alongside Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, António Guterres said that he had been to Pakistan 17 years back when the country was hit by earthquake and floods in 2010.
“I know how these floods have devastated Pakistanis and I assure them to mobilize all our resources to divert attention of international community towards it,” he said.
He urged the global community to realize the extent of damages in Pakistan and extend a helping hand towards the country. “Today Pakistan is suffering from it, next time it could be any other country being affected from climate change,” António Guterres said.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked UN chief for visiting Pakistan when the country is being devastated from floods. “Millions are being trapped by floods in Sindh and Balochistan provinces,” he informed.
He said that arrival of UN chief proves that he stand alongside Pakistan in the testing time. “The international community should come forward and help the Pakistani nation,” he said.
Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited National Flood Response and Coordination Center in Islamabad where he was briefed about the damages caused by the floods and the rehabilitation work by military and civilian leadership.