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PM Shehbaz to highlight climate crisis at UNGA as WHO warns of 'second disaster'

Human-caused climate change contributed to unprecedented floods that affected 33 million people in Pakistan

06:25 PM | 18 Sep, 2022
PM Shehbaz to highlight climate crisis at UNGA as WHO warns of 'second disaster'
Source: Prime Minister\'s Office (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will address the 77th United Nations General Assembly on September 23 with a focus on climate-induced floods that wreaked havoc across the country last month.

The premier will apprise the world of the current situation and future approaches, as the top health authority has warned the government about the deteriorating health situation of millions of victims, terming it as a 'second disaster'.

In a statement, the Prime Minister's Office said the PM will participate in the high-level debate of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from September 19-23.

The premier will outline concrete proposals for collectively tackling the existential threat posed by the climate change and share Islamabad’s position and perspective on regional and global issues of concern, including Jammu and Kashmir.

He will participate in the Global Food Security Summit jointly organised by the African Union, European Union and the United States and will join in the leaders gathering on COP-27.

PM Shehbaz will also meet some top world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, the UN Secretary-General as well as heads of international organisations, IFIs and philanthropic organisations.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other members of the cabinet and senior officials will accompany the prime minister during the UNGA visit.

PM’s crucial visit comes as World Health Organisation has expressed worry over the potential for a second disaster in a flood-ravaged country in form of waterborne diseases.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement a wave of disease and death following this catastrophe, linked to climate change, has severely impacted vital health systems leaving millions vulnerable.

Stagnant water led to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in affected regions, including malaria and dengue, while the cholera outbreak worsened the situation in flood-affected regions.

The global health authority earlier formed temporary medical facilities and camps for disease surveillance however a lack of safe drinking water and access to toilets has increased the risks of diseases.

Reports suggest that approximately four million children and women are facing waterborne infections in the recent wave of an outbreak putting many lives at risk. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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