UN chief speaks out for Pakistan's cause amid 'climate chaos'
September's floods, which are still receding, killed at least 1,700 people.
GENEVA (Reuters) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for massive support to help Pakistan with a $16 billion rebuilding effort following devastating floods, saying the country had been the victim of climate chaos and the global financial system.
Officials from 40 countries as well as private donors and international financial institutions are gathering for a meeting in Geneva as Islamabad seeks support in what is expected to be a major test case for who pays for climate disasters. The floods of September 2022 claimed 1,700 lives and displaced around eight million people.
"We must match the heroic response of the people of Pakistan with our own efforts and massive investments to strengthen their communities for the future," Guterres said in opening remarks.
"Pakistan is doubly victimised by climate chaos and a morally bankrupt global financial system," he added, calling for creative ways for developing countries to access debt relief and financing.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called for a new "coalition of the willing" to provide the country with a lifeline, saying it needed billions of dollars over the next three years.
In a video message, France President Emmanuel Macron pledged $10 million in additional aid support.