Mr. Takeshi Katae, chargés d’affaires of the embassy of Japan in Pakistan,
Colleagues from the humanitarian community, and
Thank you for joining us today.
On behalf of the UN in Pakistan, I would like to convey my gratitude to the Government of Japan for their generous contribution of US$16.21 million to support UN relief efforts. The UN in Pakistan will use this much needed contribution to support the Government of Pakistan’s humanitarian efforts by providing food, shelter, health care, education, and protection to displaced communities who have taken shelter in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, as well as to those who are making their way back to their homes.
Pakistan faces complex humanitarian challenges, including the ongoing displacement of communities as a result of security operations and natural disasters. Since 2008, almost 5 million people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA have fled their homes as a result of security operations in the region. At present an estimated 1.66 million temporarily displaced people (approximately 270,000 families) have taken refuge in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. At the same time, Pakistan continues to host approximately 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees.
The UN in Pakistan, working together to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable, will provide humanitarian assistance through four UN agencies.
- The World Food Programme will process and distribute about 16,408 metric tons of wheat provided by the Government of Pakistan and will distribute 1,400 metric tons of pulses and 718 metric tons of vegetable oil.
- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will provide legal assistance as well as blankets, kitchen sets and other non-food items.
- The UN Development Programme will provide technical assistance to the local government, create community networks, and provide legal assistance to vulnerable populations
- UN-Habitat will provide shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance
This is an outstanding example of UN agencies providing their own specialised technical and humanitarian expertise to the issues at hand to make a bigger impact than any one agency could on their own. This is one of those instances when the whole genuinely is greater than the sum of its parts.
Once again, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Government of Japan for their generous donation. We look forward to their continued support to help us work with the Government of Pakistan to assist the people of Pakistan.
Shukria. Thank you.