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


NZ reinforces support for poverty elimination

Wed, 23 Feb 2005

NZ reinforces support for poverty elimination


The world knows how to reduce global poverty and has the means to do it - but success will come down to political will, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today.

She was speaking in support of New Zealand's formal response in New York to a UN report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The goals, endorsed in 2000 by 189 countries including New Zealand, set out ambitious targets to reduce extreme poverty by 2015.

The just released UN report measures progress towards and makes recommendations for meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

"NZAID, our international aid and development agency, is closely considering the content and recommendations of the UN''s Millennium Project Report, which outlines how we can begin to significantly reduce extreme poverty," Marian Hobbs said. "Poverty is currently killing people at around the rate of one Asian tsunami per week.

"The UN report puts the case that both developed and developing countries need to do more, fast, to reduce extreme poverty.

"Our job in New Zealand is to become the best development partner that we can be and NZAID, our international development and aid agency, is spearheading this effort.

"NZAID has been strengthening the focus of New Zealand's aid programme and changing the way that we deliver aid to ensure that those most in need get the maximum benefit from it."

The UN report was an important reminder that although reducing extreme poverty is a worthy cause in its own right, it is also an essential precondition for creating a more secure world for everybody, Marian Hobbs said.

"The 60th Anniversary of the UN in September this year will be a tremendous opportunity for countries to reaffirm their commitment to reducing global poverty by 2015 and agreeing to a practical plan of action to achieve it. That will in turn contribute to a better world for all of us," the minister added.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news