Germany increases Pakistan donation by 10 million dollars
Germany plans to increase its aid for flood- ravaged Pakistan by 10 million dollars, sources told the German Press Agency dpa Sunday on the sidelines of a UN donor conference in New York.
The sum to be shared between the foreign ministry and the development aid ministry would raise Berlin's assistance to more than 60 million dollars.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi led the conference Sunday, which was attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu among others.
Ban called the floods a "global disaster, a global challenge, and a global test of solidarity."
The United Nations on Friday appealed for an additional 1.6 billion dollars to assist an estimated 14 million Pakistanis whose living conditions, from food to shelter, have been severely affected by the country's worst-ever natural disaster.
The UN already asked for nearly 460 million dollars on August 11 to meet the urgent humanitarian demands in Pakistan, and about 80 per cent of that appeal has been met. The new appeal raised the total aid needed to more than 2 billion dollars.