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Pakistan risks ‘extraordinary misery’ without flood recovery help: UN

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Monday’s one-day conference, which will open with speeches by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, aims to secure commitments of support towards the country’s US$16 billion recovery and reconstruction plan.

Pakistan’s government aims to cover half that amount with “domestic resources”, including through public-private partnerships, but is looking to the international community to cover the rest.

Steiner insisted the international community had a moral duty to help Pakistan recover from a catastrophe clearly amplified by climate change.

The country is responsible for less than 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions but is one of the most vulnerable nations to extreme weather caused by global warming.

“VICTIM”

Pakistan “is essentially a victim of a world that is not acting fast enough on the challenge of climate change”, Steiner said.

The enormous shocks Pakistan is facing, he said, “require the international community to step up in partnership”.

Otherwise, the country will face “an extraordinary amount of misery and suffering” in the long term, he warned.

Pakistan “will essentially remain locked into a situation where it…

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