Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


More support for Palestinian refugees

More support for Palestinian refugees

New Zealand will give $400,000 to the United Nations agency providing food aid and other humanitarian relief to Palestinians refugees, Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff announced in Ramallah overnight (NZT).

The one-off payment is on top of the annual $300,000 payment that New Zealand's aid agency, NZAID, makes to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Mr Goff has been visiting Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and on Thursday saw at first hand some of the work undertaken by UNWRA, which was established in 1949 to provide health, education, humanitarian relief and social services.

“Given the present tensions in the region, UNRWA is facing significant challenges in getting food, water and basic services to families," Mr Goff said.

"Malnutrition rates are high, rubbish and sanitation facilities are stretched in the camps, and disease levels have risen in recent months.

“It is clear that extreme poverty and a lack of access to basic services contributes to unrest and the potential for more violence. Stability in the region must remain a priority.”

Mr Goff's visit to the region comes at a time of increased international engagement on the Arab-Israel conflict.

“Just over three weeks ago I welcomed the release of the Roadmap. My visit gives me a chance to hear first-hand the perspectives of both sides on the path towards a peaceful resolution.

“Since the Roadmap was published, there have been a number of violent incidents in which both Israelis and Palestinians have died. However violence must not be allowed to deflect the resolve of both sides to take advantage of this opportunity to move forward," Mr Goff said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news