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ISLAMABAD – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a substantial increase in funding for developing countries for adaptation resilience to counter the negative effects of climate change.

In an interview with PTV, which aired on Sunday, he said: “It is crucial that financial support to developing countries for adaptive resilience increases significantly.” “We need 300 billion dollars for the adaptation of developing countries. A strong responsibility is necessary for this. António Guterres said environmental loss and damage was foreseen in the Paris agreement, but there had been no progress or serious discussion on the issue.

He hopes that progress will be made on the issue of climate change in future discussions at the international level. Speaking of the destruction caused by the floods in Pakistan, he said: “I have no words to describe what I saw because the flooded area is three times larger than my country, Portugal.” “I saw an unprecedented natural disaster, clearly caused by climate change and people suffered tremendously. People have lost their homes, their crops, their livestock, their livelihoods and some of them have to pay the loans they applied for to plant crops. It is a human tragedy of enormous dimensions.

The UN Secretary-General said he was both deeply moved and inspired when he heard the stories of women and men who had left their homes to rescue neighbors in safety. These examples of generosity, solidarity and courage make him feel that the world has a responsibility to massively support Pakistan, he said, adding that the dimension of the problem was enormous and that the country did not have the resources. necessary for its people and its economy to recover from the disaster. . “We must stop the war against nature. Nature is fighting back with devastating consequences in Pakistan and other parts of the world,” he remarked. He said that the victims of natural disasters were not so polluted, but the victims were in the least protected places from nature due to climate change. “International support is not a question of generosity but a question of justice. We need to raise awareness and we need to speak loud and clear against tragedy.


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