New York: A day after the U.S President Joe Biden made a fervent call for extending help to Pakistan where floods have caused huge devastation in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Bill Gates, the co- chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday on the sidelines of UNGA.
This information was shared by Prime Minister House through a tweet.
During the meeting, Shahbaz apprised Bill Gates about the human cost of climate change, food insecurity triggered by floods, and the plight of flood-stricken women and children.
It is relevant to mention here that PM Shehbaz Sharif is visiting New York to attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly wherein he has been meeting with the world leaders to discuss the global issues of mutual interests.
The UNGA session is being convened at a time when half of Pakistan is inundated with flood water. Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, KPK provinces suffering due to flood, while the picturesque Gilgit-Baltistan is feeling the heat of climate change with witnessing unprecedentedly changing rain patterns, and fast melting glaciers, flash flooding and glacial lake outbursts.
The floods have killed over 1,500 people and displaced 30 million as the Pakistan government, with the support of the UN and partners, is racing against time to help the distressed people.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb also said in a tweet on Thursday that Bill Gates called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in New York.
She said the PM apprised him about human cost of climate change, food insecurity triggered by floods and plight of flood-stricken women and children
Yesterday. the US President Joe Biden made a fervent call for extending help to Pakistan where floods have caused huge devastation in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
“Pakistan is still under water, needs help,” the president told the 193-member Assembly in its high-level debate, when he dealt with the adverse impacts of climate change.
The iconic hall of the General Assembly was packed-to-capacity with world leaders, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, when Biden spoke.
In his address, Biden announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance to address global food insecurity, building on the $6.9 billion in US government assistance to support global food security already committed this year.