PM to project climate change, Pak’s stance on global issues at UN GA session

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Shehbaz was to meet US President Joe Biden, other world leaders; will inform about the floods, Kashmir at the side meetings of the UNGA n FM Bilawal will also hold meetings with a number of his counterparts, chairs of the G-77, Chinese annual meeting of the FMs.

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will address the United Nations General Assembly on September 23 during which he will focus on the challenge facing Pakistan following the recent disastrous climate-induced floods in the country .

It will present concrete proposals to collectively fight against the existential threat posed by climate change.

He will also share Pakistan’s position and perspective on regional and global issues of concern, including Jammu and Kashmir, which is one of the long-standing unresolved disputes on the UN agenda.

The Prime Minister will address the flood situation and the Kashmir issue during his meetings on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He will also meet US President Joe Biden during his five-day visit among meetings with other world leaders.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said the Prime Minister will hold a number of meetings with some of his counterparts in addition to interacting with

the leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The crucial meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz and Joe Biden will be the first official interaction between Islamabad and Washington, as the latter has never called or met former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Sharif is currently in the UK to represent Pakistan at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London today (September 19) and will then fly to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session in from September 20. He will also hold meetings with the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB).

Pakistan is seeking help from close allies to overcome its financial difficulties. Last month, the IMF approved a $1.1 billion bailout package for Pakistan.

The IMF has approved the disbursement of more than $1.1 billion to Pakistan, reviving a stalled $7 billion aid package that should help stave off default despite a severe economic crisis and devastating floods.

Officials said that among other issues, the Prime Minister would also highlight the issue of floods and climate change which triggered unprecedented rains in Pakistan which have so far killed more than 1,400 people. On the sidelines of the UNGA session, the Prime Minister will participate in the World Summit on Food Security, jointly organized by the African Union, the European Union and the United States, and in a closed meeting of leaders on COP-27 bringing together some world leaders. to discuss climate change.

Prime Minister Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto will attend President Biden’s dinner reception for Heads of State and Government.

FM BILAWAL ARRIVES IN NEW YORK:

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto arrived in New York to attend the UNGA session with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, other Cabinet members and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

They will be important platforms for deliberating on the effective measures required at the global level to address the most pressing challenges facing the international community today.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also have an extensive schedule, attending various high-level meetings and events, bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts, media interactions and think tanks, in addition to chair the G-77 and the Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Annual Coordination Meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers and participation in the OIC Contact Group Meeting on Jammu and -Cashmere.

“A center of multilateralism, the United Nations is the most vital international body, promoting international peace and security, development and human rights, and laying the foundations for a stable and lasting world order,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar said in an official statement. .

Currently, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is in London to attend the state funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

According to the Foreign Office, the Prime Minister will represent Pakistan at the state funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II in London today.

Later, he will leave for the United States to attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will start in New York from Monday.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif attended a reception hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Sunday for dignitaries from around the world. The Prime Minister is among heads of state and dignitaries who are in London to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.

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