In an act of compassion, France has stepped forth to assist in the revival of Pakistan's economy and its reconstruction in the wake of devastating floods, with an international conference this year. 

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and French President Emmanuel Macron had a meeting on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Tuesday.

Besides the exchange of views on the enhancement of bilateral relations, the two leaders spoke about mobilising international support for Pakistan to help recover and rebuild its economy on a sustainable footing in the aftermath of the climate change induced floods.

In order to gather the relevant International Financial partners and development partners, France will host an international conference before the end of the year aiming at contributing to the rehabilitation and the reconstruction of flood-affected areas of Pakistan and, with the help of climate-resilient reconstruction-related financing, to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

On Tuesday, Shehbaz Sharif attended the opening of the high-level general debate of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA77) being held in the General Assembly Hall. 

The prime minister reached the UN Headquarters to attend a welcome reception hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the heads of state/ government participating in the UNGA session.

During the reception, the prime minister interacted with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Earlier, the prime minister arrived in New York Monday night to lead Pakistan’s delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in which some 140 world leaders are participating.

The prime minister is set to address the 193-member assembly during its high-level debate on September 23. The debate opens Tuesday and ends on September 26.