Funding for Pakistan aid appeal rises to over 800 million: UN


Funding for the UN’s aid appeal for victims of Pakistan’s deadly floods rose dramatically to over $800 million, with the announcement of more pledges over the last two days, latest data from the world body showed on Friday.

It marked a doubling of the $460m emergency relief appeal launched on August 11. More than 40 countries announced pledges amounting to $254.5 million at the special session of the UN General Assembly, bringing the aid total since the natural disaster struck Pakistan to $815.59 million.

The 192-member assembly was convened on August 19, to create awareness among UN member states about the magnitude of the unprecedented national disaster that has uprooted more than 20 million people and caused huge economic losses besides posing a host of new challenges.

Pakistan’s delegation to the two-day session of the General Assembly was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who termed his visit as “highly successful.” Following is the break-down of the pledged aid– both
in cash and kind:

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COUNTRY    AID PLEDGED AT UN SESSION      TOTAL SINCE START OF FLOODS
               (IN US DOLLARS)
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United States         60 m                       150 m
European Union      38.4 m                       180 m
Georgia            100,000                     100,000
Denmark             22.5 m                      33.5 m
Canada                 -                          33 m
Turkey                 -                          10 m
United Kingdom        50 m                       100 m
Ireland              1.2 m                       2.6 m
Germany               32 m                        50 m
UAE                    5 m                         5 m
Japan                  -                        14.4 m
Norway                 -                          19 m
Netherlands          4.6 m                       8.4 m
Italy                  -                           4 m
France                 -                         1.6 m
Finland                -                         5.6 m
Morocco                1 m                         2 m
Nepal                  -                         0.1 m
Australia              -                          35 m
Brazil                 -                           1 m
S. Korea               -                           1 m
China                7.5 m                         9 m
Switzerland            -                           4 m
Russia                 -                           1 m
Iran                   5 m                        10 m
India                  -                           5 m
Thailand               -                       150,000
Saudi Arabia           -                          70 m
Bangladesh             -                           2 m
Spain               6.35 m                        14 m
Malta                  -                       128,000
Indonesia              -                           1 m
New Zealand            2 m                         4 m
Croatia                -                        18,000
Kuwait                 5 m                        10 m
Afghanistan            -                           1 m
Monaco                 -                       128,000
Montenegro                                      63,500
Mauritania             -                       300,000
Algeria                -                           1 m
Austria              6.4 m                       6.4 m
Maldives            35,000                      35,000
Iceland            125,000                     125,000
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