Photo Exhibition on Post Floods Road to Recovery

12 Feb 2013

imagePhoto Exhibition at the National Press Club, Washington D.C. - Photo by Satomi Kato

A photo exhibition displaying UNDP’s recovery work for the communities affected by the floods in 2010 was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. These photographs, taken by Satomi Kato, draw attention to the plight of the people who suffered from the devastating floods. Through her lens, Kato captured the early recovery and rebuilding efforts that were underway in Punjab and Sindh province.

Addressing the reception, Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary - General & Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific said, “The pictures on display depict some of the many extraordinary moments of the difficult road to recovery that people faced.”

He further added, “Through UNDP’s programme alone, we covered 4,000 villages across the country benefiting more than 5.5 million people in 29 most-affected districts, adopting an area-based development approach to early recovery with a special focus on women. In Pakistan, early recovery worked – UNDP not only helped build back, we helped build back better.”

Talking about Satomi’s work, Chhibber said, “Her powerful photos put a human face on the impact of the floods, and on the international assistance that allowed the people of Pakistan to rebuild their lives. One picture is worth a thousand words!”

The exhibition was attended by J. Alexander Their, Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, US Agency for International Development (USAID); Koji Tomita, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America.

UNDP played an important role in responding to the rapidly changing needs of people affected by recurring floods in 2010 and 2011. Through UNDP’s early recovery programme, we helped the most-affected districts by rehabilitating the communities and building their resilience from future disasters, with a special focus on women. This helped to achieve visible transformational changes in the lives of communities affected by disasters and to build resilience of community institutions and local governments to cope with recurring disasters.

The support of UNDP was possible thanks to the backing of its partners including Government of Japan, European Union, Government of United States, Australian Government, Government of Italy, State of Kuwait and COFRA Foundation.