The UN will shortly launch a Flash Appeal to assist Pakistan in repairing the damage brought on by continuous monsoon rains and floods.
According to reports, the $160 million appeal will go toward aiding the almost one million victims of the seasonal calamity.
Asim Iftikhar, the Foreign Office’s (FO) spokesperson, declared on Friday that the UN Flash Appeal will be launched on Tuesday, August 30, simultaneously from Geneva and Islamabad.
“As you can see, the size of the catastrophe is so great that it urgently calls for worldwide cooperation and support. We are appreciative of the UN, IFIs, and a large number of our allies and partners for their support, he added.
We have worked with the UN system from the outset, Iftikhar continued. Since several days ago, the UN Resident Coordinator and his team have been working on this issue. Visiting the flood-affected areas, and conducting assessments. As well as collaborating with the NDMA to create this joint assessment. The document that will be presented and used as the foundation for the flash appeal.
The UN Flash Appeal is “extremely significant,” he added. And is anticipated to “trigger the response of the world community as well as bilateral help from other nations.”
The FO Spokesperson said, “I think everyone recognizes UN’s agencies and their operations. How would the government ensure that bogus groups do not raise cash on behalf of the UN? All I can say is that we need to keep an eye out for the organizations you mentioned.
The government has been mobilizing efforts for the cause since late July and early August. He said in response to a question on whether the government would host an international donor conference. But Pakistan “obviously requires international assistance to complement the national effort.”
Iftikhar further disclosed that, in addition to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Numerous UN agencies and officials of resident diplomatic missions attended a donor’s meeting yesterday at the Economic Affairs Division (EAD).
UN Flash Appeal is used to hasten the collecting of donations for NGOs and UN agencies in support of a government’s emergency activities. Its three-month lifespan is used to entice international contributors from the public and commercial sectors. To contribute money to the cause in accordance with the government’s well-defined aims.