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Hi, this is Pip. Countries gathered in Geneva yesterday to step up their support for Pakistan, pledging more than $9 billion to help the country recover from last summer’s devastating floods.

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Swiss foreign minister Ignazio Cassis shaking hands with Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif, next to UN secretary general António Guterres, ahead of the Pakistan climate summit in Geneva, 9 January 2023. (Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

Donors pledge over $9bn for Pakistan flood recovery. Dozens of countries and international institutions gathered in Geneva on Monday to step up support for Pakistan as it recovers from last summer’s devastating floods, which displaced some eight million people. Although the gathering was not billed as a pledging conference, donors promised over $9 billion to help Pakistan deal with what UN secretary general António Guterres called “a climate disaster of monumental scale”.

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