Minister Coveney announces €500,000 emergency aid to Pakistan – Pakistan

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August 29, 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs [and Minister for Defence], Simon Coveney, TD, today announced an initial commitment of €500,000 in support from Irish Aid to the people of Pakistan who are going through a humanitarian crisis following the recent devastating floods. Millions of children, women and men have been affected since mid-June and more than a thousand lives have been lost.

The €500,000 allocation is a direct response to the emergency appeal for funding launched by Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and the Pakistani government. The aid will respond to immediate and urgent humanitarian needs on the ground. The funds will be allocated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Concern Worldwide. Both are long-time partners of Irish Aid who are already working on the ground to save lives.

The IFRC, through its local partner, will provide emergency shelter, unconditional cash grants to those most affected and primary health care with a particular focus on the special health needs of women and children. . Concern Worldwide is responding in the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab by providing relief packages to people trying to survive this crisis.

Last week, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $3 million to UN agencies and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods. This will be used for health, nutrition, food security, water and sanitation services in flood-affected areas, focusing on the most vulnerable. This $3 million allocation from CERF will bring UN humanitarian assistance for the flood response to $7 million. Ireland has contributed €11.5 million to CERF globally in 2022. To date, the EU has provided €2.15 million in humanitarian aid.

Minister Coveney offered his deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan following widespread flooding that killed over 1,000 people, destroyed over 300,000 homes and displaced millions.

Announcing the funding, Minister Coveney said:

*”I am saddened by the recent loss of life in Pakistan and deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. Millions of people have been affected in all four provinces of the country by unusually heavy rains and this crisis may not yet have peaked. In response, *I have made available an initial allocation of €500,000 to meet the urgent and immediate humanitarian needs of those affected.”

As the number of people affected by the ongoing floods in Pakistan increases, Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora Colm Brophy TD expressed concern for the victims and sympathized with those who lost family and friends in the disaster.

Climate change affects countries around the world, but it does not do so in the same way. The people of Pakistan have faced a deadly combination of extreme weather events this year, including heat waves, wildfires, flash floods and monsoons. The recent floods have destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and impacted the lives of millions of people. Our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones in the floods as well as those working to respond to the devastation.”

Minister Brophy added:

“The unfolding crisis in Pakistan will put extraordinary pressure on humanitarian actors in the country. The funding from Ireland will help them provide assistance to the most vulnerable. Through our support to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, Ireland is already responding to the needs of those affected.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation closely and is in close contact with representatives of the United Nations and aid agencies to determine the most effective way to assist in the response.

ENDS

Press office

08/29/2022

Notes for Editors

  • Irish Aid, the government’s overseas development programme, is an integral part of the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Their secretariat supports the local action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in more than 192 countries, bringing together nearly 15 million volunteers for the good of humanity.
  • Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization that delivers life-saving, life-changing interventions to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. They have been fully operational in Pakistan for 21 years.
  • Ireland has committed €11.5 million to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2022. The CERF, which was established with the help of Ireland, provides funding fast for emergencies and disasters such as the devastating floods in Pakistan. Ireland is the 8th largest contributor to this fund since its inception in 2006. In terms of donors, we ranked 11th in 2021 and are currently ranked 9th in 2022. Ireland has entered into a new multi-year partnership for our funding CERF for 2022-2024. This increases our commitment from 10 million euros per year to 11.5 million euros per year.
  • Irish Aid also pre-positions emergency funds with NGO partners to enable rapid disbursement in emergencies. In addition, Irish Aid has pre-positioned emergency supplies such as tents, blankets and water and sanitation equipment at depots around the world which can be called upon in an emergency.
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