Neil Buhne and Murad Ali Shah discussed ways to provide assistance to drought affected areas

Islamabad: Mr. Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah have discussed multiple options and agreed to provide urgent assistance to drought affected areas of Sindh Thar, Kohistan and Kachho and reduce their vulnerability to future droughts. Mr. Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan called on Sindh Chief Minister here along with his delegation comprising Chief of Field Office UNICEF Cristina Brugiolo, FAO Head of Sub Office Genevieve Hussain and UNRCO Imran Leghari.

Mr. Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan on the occasion highlighted the opportunities to consolidate Sindh’s food security and agriculture productivity, especially through improved land tenancy governance for all stakeholders. The Chief Minister also took note of the UN’s efforts to support Sindh’s transition to a climate-resilient food system including through transformations in water management. Mr. Buhne complimented the Chief Minister on excellent work done in some localities in Sindh on reducing the high prevalence of stunted growth, and on the need to expand that work to reach all vulnerable children. 

The Chief Ministered and the UN RC discussed the work of the United Nations in Sindh and how cooperation with the provincial government could be strengthened to benefit more people. Both focused on ways to provide more urgent assistance to those affected by drought, and how to reduce their vulnerability to future droughts in Thar, Kachho and Kohistan areas.

The chief minister said that employment opportunities have been created in Tharparkar through coal mining and coal-fired power plant; therefore, poverty ratio was dropping down there. “I want to start similar employment generating activities in Kachho and Kohistan to reduce poverty there,” he said and added a comprehensive planning would be made in consultation with UNRC, his team and other experts. 

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah discussed with United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, the work of the United Nations in Sindh and how cooperation with the Government can be strengthened to benefit more people.  They focused on ways to provide more urgent assistance to those affected by drought, and how to reduce their vulnerability to future droughts.

Mr. Buhne appreciated the leadership of the Chief Minister on the strong support to the polio eradication drive in Sindh, discussed the importance of eradicating the Wild Polio Virus, especially from urban areas, and the challenges of doing this. They discussed programmes to improve reproductive health of women and to slow population growth, to expand the reach and quality of education for children, efforts to reduce rural poverty, to improve water management, and actions to reduce the effects of climate change on people.

Mr. Buhne appreciated the work of the Chief Minister to have Sindh meet the Sustainable Development Goals and offered UN support to link this closer to the policies and programmes of the provincial government to promote and implement pro-poor policies.  He was joined at the meeting by members of the United Nations Sindh team.

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