United Nation chief António Guterres says more aid and support is needed to assist the people of Mozambique who have affected by two cyclones earlier this year. Guterres was speaking in Mozambique yesterday.
“Undeniable moral authority” lay with its people, who had borne the brunt of a disaster linked inexorably to climate change, and a warming world.
“More aid and more support will be needed from the international community in Mozambique to respond effectively”, said the UN chief.
“It was clear that Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which affected well over two million Mozambicans when they struck with deadly force last March and April, were natural disasters made worse by chaotic extremes of weather: “Despite that, Mozambique does not really contribute to global warming, but it is at the forefront of the victims of global warming”, said Guterres.
UN agencies which have been leading the relief and recovery effort in support of the Government, consider the nation “an absolute priority”, he added.
With the initial relief and recovery effort now behind them, he said they were now “launching the reconstruction process with what is now called resilience, that is, the ability of communities to be armed to better withstand these catastrophes in the future.”
The UN would be “with the Mozambican people in all these phases. Naturally, asking the international community to support the people of Mozambique, and support Mozambique [to address the] scale of the problems of both response and reconstruction”, he added.
Less than half of the $3.2 billion requested by the Government at a recent pledging conference in Mozambique had been pledged, and a UN appeal for $280 million in aid was also “far from being fully funded.”