Parliament

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

 

NZ committed to helping the world’s poorest

Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Trade

26 September 2008
Media statement

NZ committed to helping the world’s poorest

Trade Minister Phil Goff today addressed the United Nations Call to Action meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, and reaffirmed New Zealand’s commitment to the eight internationally agreed targets aimed at reducing and eventually eradicating poverty.

“The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are at the core of international aid efforts and New Zealand’s growing Official Development Assistance Programme. They seek to address the very basic inequalities which are the root of global poverty,” Mr Goff said.

“As a good international citizen New Zealand is committed to working with global partners, donors, civil society and recipients of aid to help ensure we are doing all we can to reduce global poverty. The Call to Action event held today is a reminder to everyone that while there has been significant progress on some targets, urgent and increased efforts are needed if we are to achieve all the MDGs by 2015.

“There is deep injustice in the fact that 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day, and a major concern to us is that 640 million of the 1 billion live in the Asia Pacific region. The impacts of recent food and fuel price increases and climate change have made the challenges of meeting the Millennium Development Goals even greater.

“New Zealand’s international aid and development agency, NZAID, is set to increase the level of development assistance we provide to the Pacific to more than $240 million in 2008/09. This recognises that the Pacific, and more especially Melanesia , is the area of the world least likely to meet the MDG targets after Sub-Sahara Africa.

“We are also playing our part in the international effort to ensure that development assistance is used effectively, reaches the people who need it most, and helps countries overcome poverty rather than providing a short term fix.

“The Pacific Development Strategy 2007-2015 will deliver over $2 billion of assistance to the region over the eight year period it covers. It will have a sustainable impact on health and education in the Pacific, address infrastructure gaps, promote economic growth, and strengthen governance and leadership.”

“New Zealand’s efforts in the Pacific and the work we are doing with global partners such as the United Nations, show that we remain committed to achieving the MDGs and are taking action to help the world’s poor, including some of our closest neighbours,” Mr Goff said.

For more information on the Millennium Development Goals go to: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election