Pakistan has shown strong leadership rehabilitating the displaced says Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
NEW YORK: The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) lauded on Wednesday efforts of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), saying it had developed into a world class institution.[The NDMA] has developed into a world class institution over the last decade, incorporating international best practice,” said John Ging, head of operation of OCHA in a statement.
He said in a world where so many crises were on a negative trajectory, Pakistan offered a rare example of positive progress.
“We must acknowledge Pakistan generously hosts more than 1.5 million refugees – the second largest refugee population of any country on earth,” said Ging.
“The country also disproportionately suffers the impacts of climate change, with 1.6 million people affected by floods this year.”
The OCHA chief argued that supporting Pakistan to help people rebuild their lives in areas where fighting has ended is critical to building a stable and prosperous future for the country.
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“Pakistan has shown strong leadership rehabilitating the displaced, giving more than $286 million in food and cash to support families returning to areas devastated by conflict.”
As part of the organisation’s efforts, Ging had visited Afghanistan and Pakistan last week.
Director Operations OCHA John Ging attending a jirga with tribal elders from KP & FATA during his mission to Peshawar pic.twitter.com/bQXTDcHVgq
— OCHA Pakistan (@OCHAPakistan) October 12, 2015