The UN General Assembly Thursday expressed solidarity with the Pakistani people, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for a massive scaling up of relief aid as the fallout from three weeks of flooding was likely to last for years. Adopting a resolution, the 192-member Assembly urged the international community, particularly donor countries and world financial institutions, as well as the private sector and civil society, to help Pakistan cope with the impacts of the worst rains and floods to hit the country in decades and to meet medium- and long-term needs. The passage of the resolution by consensus shows that the international community is now beginning to comprehend the true scope of the devastation in flood-ravaged Pakistan. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters that he was "fully satisfied" with the outcome of session, as he complimented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN General Assembly Ali Treki for organizing it. The People of Pakistan would not feel that the international community had not forgotten them. Thursday's resolution requested the Secretary-General and the United Nations system agencies to further intensify their efforts to sensitize the international community to Pakistans humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction needs and to mobilize effective, immediate and adequate support to the country, a call echoed by the ministers and senior Government officials attending the meeting. The text also noted, as did several speakers, that the scale of the destruction, triggered by torrential rains in an otherwise arid region, reflected the adverse impact of climate change and the growing vulnerability of countries to that phenomenon. As he briefed the Assembly on his visit to the region over the weekend, Secretary-General Ban painted a heart-wrenching picture of unprecedented needs in Pakistan, saying the disaster is like few the world has ever seen, requiring a response to match. He lamented countless villages that had been washed away, roads and bridges destroyed, crops and livelihoods wiped out. The 160,000 square kilometres of land now under water was an area larger than more than half the countries of the world, he added. The eyes see. The ears hear. Yet, somehow, the mind struggles to grasp the full dimension of this catastrophe, he said, describing the flood-weary men and women he had met as awash in a sea of suffering, fearing the next wave of water [] disease [and] destruction. Indeed, 15 million to 20 million people needed shelter, food and emergency care, more than the entire populations hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), the Kashmir earthquake (2005), Cyclone Nargis (2008) and the Haiti earthquake (2010) combined. Make no mistake: this is a global disaster, a global challenge, Mr. Ban stressed. It is one of the greatest tests of global solidarity in our times, and United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations and aid groups were supporting the Pakistan Governments response, he said, with aid being transported by helicopters, trucks, even mules. But the needs were great and the disaster far from over, he cautioned, as Pakistan now faced a slow-motion tsunami whose destructive power would grow with time. Calling for massive support, he said some 8 million people were in need of relief aid, while 14 million needed health care, especially children and pregnant women. Amid talk of fatigue and suggestions that Governments were reluctant to cope with yet another disaster, he urged delegates to remember that if anyone should be fatigued, it was the ordinary people he had met in Pakistan. With that, he asked the Assembly to stand with the people of Pakistan and act, so that this natural disaster did not become a man-made catastrophe. In an impassioned address ahead of the Assemblys action, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan was a nation that suffered the ravages of the 2005 earthquake and bravely bore the loss of 80,000 brethren. His country had likewise braced, with fortitude, the loss of thousands of its men, women and children to suicide attacks. Pakistanis were the people to whom the international community looked as a bulwark against terrorism and extremism. Pakistan is the nation, which now looks towards the international community to show similar determination and humanity in its hour of need, he said. The situation was critical and alarming, Qureshi said, and he stood before the Assembly as the voice of 20 million Pakistanis devastated by a natural calamity of unprecedented proportions. In the wake of the worst monsoon floods in living memory, 1 in 10 Pakistanis has been rendered destitute. Standing crops, worth billions of dollars, had been destroyed. The critical sector of livestock had been equally devastated. More than 3.5 million children were at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases. The Government was funneling all its national resources to the rescue and relief effort. Hundreds of thousands had been evacuated from riverine areas and providing food, shelter, clean drinking water and preventing water-borne diseases and epidemics remained the top priorities. Yet, while the entire nation stood united and determined, the scale of the challenge is colossal, far too big for any developing country to handle alone, he stressed, adding his hope that the international community would come forward in all earnestness. We trust that we shall be provided with the much-needed support to augment our national relief and rescue efforts. Pakistan, he said, greatly appreciated the launch of the United Nations $459 million Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan, and had requested the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to assist the Government in carrying out a comprehensive needs assessment. Applauding the solidarity he had witnessed today, the foreign minister hoped to return to Islamabad with a clear message that the people of Pakistan were not alone in this hour of trial. As more than 40 delegations, representatives of major donors and regional groups took the floor to express solidarity with Pakistan and to highlight their Governments efforts to ramp up international support for the relief and reconstruction effort, speakers expressed sympathy for the more than 1,500 Pakistanis that had been killed in the floods and pledged to bolster efforts to alleviate the suffering of survivors, especially the millions of displaced persons. Delegations also warned that the international effort must be well coordinated and focused on ensuring Pakistans long-term recovery, otherwise the country would face an even deeper humanitarian tragedy brought on by the spread of infectious disease, devastated farmlands and derailed economic activities. General Assembly President Treki, who had submitted the resolution to Member States, said todays meeting demonstrated the United Nations special ability to provide assistance and he was confident that it would send a strong message that the world stood by the Pakistani people in such difficult times. At the same time, he noted natural and environmental catastrophes afflicting other parts of Asia - including in China, where landslides had killed more than 1,200 people; India, where floods had caused significant destruction; and in the Russian Federation, where wildfires had erased whole villages - and he expressed the Assemblys condolences and sympathies to all those affected. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Pakistan faced a humanitarian disaster of monumental proportions, which was also creating economic and security problems. Here at the United Nations, discussion often centred on the desire to forge a more humane fellowship, stressing that today that aspiration must be matched with action. Many countries, including her own, faced tough economic conditions and tight budgets, enduring an unrelenting stream of disasters this year, but we must answer the Pakistani request for help. Pledges made for the United Nations response plan put us halfway towards the plans goal, Mrs. Clinton said. That was a solid start, but the gap must be closed. The United States pledged anew $60 million, thereby contributing more than $150 million towards emergency flood relief for Pakistan, with approximately $92 million of that in direct support of the United Nations relief plan. The United States was also providing technical assistance and mobilizing The United States, she assured the meeting, was committed to the long-term goal of working with Pakistan to improve conditions in the country. A recent package of non-military assistance totalling $7.5 billion had been authorized by Congress and agreed to by President Obama. The United States would now take some of those funds to support Pakistan in its reconstruction efforts. The United States, she added, was seeking to strengthen Pakistans democratic institutions. Its approach to relief and rebuilding was based on a foundation of partnership important to the United States and Pakistan. It was up to Pakistans leaders to help with those efforts and they, in turn, would be accountable to the citizens of Pakistan. S She reaffirmed her countrys commitment to Pakistan, stressing her belief that Pakistan would come through this crisis because of the strength, resiliency, and courage of its people. Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere said before the disaster, the European Union had allocated more than 400 million in assistance to the country for the 2007-2010 period. Over 110 million had been committed since the start of the crisis. Today, he was pleased to announce that that amount would be increased by 30 million, for a total of more than 140 million. Such assistance was provided on the basis of humanity and neutrality. At the same time, he said, the relief operations should respect Pakistans sovereignty; the pride of the Pakistanis must also be preserved. Turkeys relationship with Pakistan was time-tested and unique, and his country had at all levels expressed its readiness to assist.