Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a joint press conference with United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres at the Foreign Office in Islamabad.
While addressing the press conference UNSG Antonio Guterres has acknowledged Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and said ” I can testify measures taken by the Pakistan for the eradication of militancy from the country.
Antonio Guterres on Sunday arrived in Islamabad to attend the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees.
The International Conference is being organized by the Government of Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Upon his arrival at the Nur Khan Airbase, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram, and senior officers of the Foreign Office and the United Nations in Pakistan received him.
While addressing a conference entitled “Special Talk on Sustainable Development and Climate Change” organised at Islamabad Marriott Hotel, the UNSG termed the challenges and threats of climate change “a common responsibility of all global partners.”
He underscored the need to step up actions to achieve goals of climate change and sustainable development.
“The goals of global peace and prosperity are linked with alleviation of poverty, inequality and hunger.”
The UN chief appreciated steps taken by the government to address negative impacts of climate change in Pakistan.
After meeting a delegation of Afghan refugees, Mr Guterres stated, “My first meeting in Pakistan: generations of Afghan refugees shared their deeply moving stories, hopes & dreams.”
On Tuesday, he will visit Lahore where he will meet students and attend an event on Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign.
He will also travel to Kartarpur to visit the Sikh holy site of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.