UN Secretary-General António Guterres will make a ‘solidarity’ visit to Pakistan on September 9 and 10 after the country was ravaged by unprecedented floods, said the Foreign Office spokesperson on Thursday.
“During the visit, Secretary General Guterres will have meetings with the Pakistani leadership and senior officials to exchange views on the national and global response to this catastrophe caused by climate change,” said the FO in a statement.
“The Secretary-General will travel to areas most impacted by the floods. He will interact with displaced families and first responders in the field, and oversee UN’s humanitarian response work in support of the Government’s rescue and relief efforts for millions of affected people,” it added.
The FO further said that Guterres’ visit will further raise global awareness about the massive scale of this calamity and the loss of life and widespread devastation. “It will contribute towards enhancing commensurate and coordinated international response to the humanitarian and other needs of the 33 million affected Pakistanis.”