KARACHI - The United Nations (UN), the Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh (PDMA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), JS Bank and The Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation (MJSF) held a joint conference at Mohatta Palace Museum focused on developing coordinated strategies to address humanitarian needs of flood hit communities, says a press release. Present at the conference were delegates from UN agencies such as, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), IOM, UN Habitat for Humanity, the World Food Programme (WFP), along with representatives from major corporations, government agencies, foundations and the media. The conference provided a comprehensive update on the current situation of areas affected by the floods, highlighted a few best practices of private and public partnerships in action to address key needs and discussed ideas for rehabilitation efforts. Speaking at the conference, Manuel Bessler, Head of UN OCHA in Pakistan said We need all hands on deck to respond in a timely and effective manner to growing humanitarian needs. Therefore, the UN and its partners have a keen interest in fostering public private partnerships to further humanitarian action. Saleh Farooqui, Director General of PDMA Sindh added, 'We are appealing for everyone to work together to ensure effective management of resources at a government and a non-government level for the benefit of the flood effected people.