Over the last few years, Pakistan has been the victim of numerous natural disasters that have had a negative impact on the welfare of the country and its people. Effectively countering the long-term effects of disasters, and mitigating their impact is of paramount importance. The UN supports Pakistan to promote resilience by working toward four goals:
- Developing national, provincial and district capacities to prevent, assess, reduce and manage risks
The UN works with national, provincial and district disaster management authorities to ensure that effective risk assessments, hazard mapping, coordination and oversight mechanisms are in place and ready to address the concerns of vulnerable populations. Support is provided to community and individual level contingency planning, and community-based mitigation approaches.
- Vulnerable populations benefit from improved sustainable environmental management practices, including climate change mitigation and adaptation
The UN supports the development of policies and programmes that target both natural resource management and climate change mitigation and are implemented at the national, provincial and community levels. Assistance is provided to key provincial and district level institutions to design and implement natural resource management strategies in environmentally fragile eco-systems.
- Vulnerable populations benefit from risk reduction and response and risk mitigation and are assisted to reach development goals including MDG targets
Comprehensive plans are being developed to provide the most vulnerable populations with reliable, comprehensive information and options to cope with the effects of climate change. In crisis affected communities, the focus is specifically on skills training, entrepreneurship, livelihood opportunities and community infrastructure development.
- Country policies, plans and institutions are enabled and better equipped to manage narcotics trafficking-related challenges
Relevant institutions are being established and a centralized disaggregated database maintained for the exchange of information on critical cross-border issues. Their capacity on integrated border management and assessments is being developed with the support of the UN.