Chief of Communications Services of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Kieran Dwyer has lauded Pakistan as the largest contributors of troops to the UN peacekeepers.

In a telephonic interview with Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs Channel, he said these peacekeepers work in countries affected by conflict to create the conditions for sustainable peace.

He said Pakistani nationals working for different UN missions have also made a significant contribution to international humanitarian efforts around the world.  In this connection, he particularly referred to the positive response of Pakistan in the wake of recent earthquake in Nepal.

To a question, the UN official said they realize the importance of continuing to build the immediate response capacity of Pakistan Government especially at the local level to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Kieran Dwyer said the number of people in need has increased from 58 million in 22 countries at the beginning of this year to 78 million people in 31 countries now. Around the world, nearly 51 million men, women and children have been displaced from their homes, which is highest number since World War Two.

To another question, he said the world's first World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul from 26 to 27th of May next year.

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