[MEDIA ADVISORY] To Build Forward Better, Recovery and Reconstruction must be Climate Resilient

September 12, 2022

Knut Ostby. Resident Representative, UNDP Pakistan

UNDP Pakistan/Shuja Hakim

Islamabad, 12 September 2022—UNDP Pakistan’s Resident Representative Knut Ostby is speaking tomorrow at the Geneva Press Briefing on the ongoing flood situation in Pakistan, UNDP’s role, and efforts required to help Pakistan Build Forward Better.

The briefing will be on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, between 1:30-2:30 pm (PST). The link will be shared tomorrow after the briefing.


The 2022 floods are a climate disaster on massive scale. One third of the country is submerged. Over 1,400 lives were lost. 33 million people have been affected; millions of people are homeless.

Half of all districts in Pakistan are reporting impact. 1.7 million houses were reportedly damaged or destroyed. Around 3.6 million acres of crops and orchards have also been affected to date.

This is clearly a disaster caused by climate change. Along with the humanitarian support, the recovery must start now, and recovery and reconstruction must be climate smart.

The priority is to create the conditions to give people the means to restore their livelihoods so that they can get back on their feet. UNDP has already started working in this space, liaising with partners and the Government of Pakistan on the needs assessment. For early recovery, UNDP is also pivoting its existing programming.




For further information, please reach out:


Tabindah Anwar
Communications Associate
UNDP Pakistan