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Joint Launch of 2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan by Government of Pakistan and the United Nations

Today, the “2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan” (FRP), was jointly launched by Government of Pakistan as well as the United Nations simultaneously in Islamabad/Geneva. The FRP was launched against the backdrop of floods, flooding and landslides which have affected more than 33 million people across Pakistan. More than 1,100 people, including 350 children, have died, and more than 662,000 houses and homes have been partially or fully destroyed. In addition to severe damage to the communications infrastructure, 2 million acres have suffered adverse effects.

FRP addresses the needs of 5.2 Million people. It provides life-saving assistance activities totaling US$ 160.3 millions. These include food security, assistance for agriculture, livestock, shelter and other items, nutrition programmes and primary health services. Protection, water and sanitation, women’s health, education support, and shelter for displaced persons.

FRP highlights Pakistan’s main humanitarian needs and the steps taken by the Government of Pakistan in collaboration with UN and other partners. It also outlines a coordinated and comprehensive plan of action to address the needs of those affected. The FRP is holistic and covers all the major areas of food security, agriculture, health and nutrition. It also includes shelter, sanitation, hygiene, and other non-food items. The FRP includes at least 421,000 flood-affected refugees, who are being hosted by Pakistan.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Foreign Minister, delivered the keynote speech. He stated that the Pakistani nation is supporting the Government’s efforts with civil society, people and humanitarian organizations all stepping up in a huge way to help the relief work with their generosity and philanthropic spirit. To help people from all walks of Pakistan, the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2022 was also established.


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated in a video message that the “unrelenting effects of heavy rains, flooding – worst for decades” are facing Pakistani citizens. UNSG stated that the Government of Pakistan has responded quickly. It has also released funds from the national budget, including cash relief. The scale of the needs is increasing like the flood waters. This requires global attention and prioritization.

Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, stated that Pakistan, despite being a negligible source of carbon, is still one of the top ten most vulnerable countries to climate change. This is despite the extreme weather events we’ve seen since earlier this year, including the heat waves and forest fires, multiple glacial lakes-outburst floods, and now these devastating monsoon floodings.

Julien Harneis, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, stated that “This super-flood is caused by climate change – the causes are global and so the response requires international solidarity.” He added that “Across Pakistan, government workers, ordinary people, have been out in the rain and water saving lives and helping those who have lost everything. The international community must stand by Pakistani people and take action. This appeal is all we need to receive life-saving assistance and services from the international community. Our support is due to the people of Pakistan.


Lieutenant General Akhtar is the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority.

Nawaz provided a briefing on current humanitarian conditions and the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to support humanitarian partners in carryingout rescue and relief operations.

Mr. Xavier Castellanos Mosquera is the Under-Secretary for National Society Development and Operations Coordination of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He stated that “IFRC is committed in helping these affected communities in these unprecedented floods of Pakistan.” We have jointly launched an emergency appeal with the Pakistan Red Crescent. This initial appeal seeks funds to help 324,000 people in health, safe drinking water, emergency shelter, and living conditions. The IFRC works with the Government of Pakistan as well as the UN agencies in coordinating an emergency response that reaches the most vulnerable and most affected population, and provides access to basic necessities for all.

Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, shared the view that “today the international community – including my agency – must assist the people in Pakistan in need.” We urgently require global solidarity and support for Pakistan

The Diplomatic Corps in Islamabad, Geneva, and heads of UN agencies in Pakistan attended the launch event. Participants offered condolences and expressed solidarity for the loss of lives and infrastructure damage caused by floods. They also pledged their support to Pakistan’s relief, rescue, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

Pakistan has a lot of experience and is well-equipped to handle humanitarian emergencies. It also has significant progress in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. The current floods are unprecedented in scale and severity. Pakistan received rainfall equivalent of 2.9 times its 30-year average. This is a serious manifestation of Climate Change-induced disasters. It is vital that the international community stands with Pakistan and supports its efforts to combat the interrelated and direct effects of the floods.

You can download the 2022 Pakistan Flood Response Plan here.

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