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Inter­national Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan

09 January 2023
Palais des Nations, Geneva

The International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan, co-hosted by the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations, took place on 9 January 2023.

The Conference brought together Governments, leaders from the public and private sectors and civil society to support the people and the Government of Pakistan after the devastating floods of 2022. It had two main objectives:

  1. Present the Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework (4RF), which lays out a multisectoral strategy for rehabilitation and reconstruction in a climate-resilient and inclusive manner
  2. Secure international support and forge long-term partnerships for building Pakistan’s climate resilience and adaptation.

Tando Adam, Sanghar, Sindh

Photo: UNDP/Jamil Akhtar

    09 January 2023

    9 am – 6 pm Geneva
    3 am – 12 pm New York
    1 pm – 10 pm Islamabad

    Palais des Nations, Geneva

    Proceedings of the Conference will take place in two parts:

    Part one - view webcast

    • High-level opening segment 
    • Official launch of the 4RF document and partner support announcements

    Part two - view webcast

    • Exploration of concrete ways to build Pakistan’s long-term climate resilience and adaptation, including the articulation of provincial perspectives
    • Parallel Session: Living Indus—view webcast

    The Conference will be translated into all six UN languages.

    UNDP focal points for the event: 

    Pia Hansen

    Amir Goraya

    UNDP media focal points: 

    Sarah Bel, Geneva

    Cedric Monteiro, Bangkok

    Ayesha Babar, Islamabad

    man in water

    Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Photo: UNDP/Shahzad Ahmad


    The devastating floods in 2022 were Pakistan’s worst disaster in decades. They left one third of the country submerged, about 15,000 dead or injured and 8 million displaced. Over 2 million homes, 13,000 kilometres of highways, 439 bridges and more than 4 million acres of agricultural land were destroyed or damaged. An estimated 9 million more people could be forced into poverty as a direct consequence of these floods.

    With help from the United Nations, the generosity of donors and partners, and the heroic response of its people, the Government of Pakistan has been able to respond to this unprecedented climate catastrophe. It provided US$245 million in cash support to 2.2 million households and, with the help of international agencies, has distributed hundreds of thousands of tents, food, water and medicines to the destitute and the displaced.

    Now, the enormous challenge of reconstruction and rehabilitation lies ahead. With the support of the United Nations system, the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Union, Pakistan has prepared a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), which estimates flood damages to exceed US$14.9 billion, economic losses over US$15.2 billion and reconstruction needs over US$16.3 billion.


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    The PDNA has identified core priorities that include the revival of livelihoods and agriculture, the rebuilding of private housing, and the reconstruction of public infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals.

    This forms the basis for the Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework (4RF).




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