Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Asian tsunami: Challenge after Jakarta summit

The Asian tsunami: The challenge after the Jakarta summit

As governments from the world’s richest countries meet to pledge their support for relief and reconstruction in the wake of the tsunami, Oxfam New Zealand welcomes the Government's newly-announced plan to allocate an extra $20 million per year for three to five years for the disaster.

Over the past two weeks in New Zealand, as in other countries, there has been an outpouring of public support and solidarity for the millions of people whose lives have been affected. But the response is not just about the generosity of members of the public, it is also about the policies and actions of governments.

Oxfam’s briefing paper, The Asian Tsunami: The challenge after the Jakarta summit recommends priorities for governments. The paper sets out key challenges in delivering on promises of aid and providing debt cancellation as well as a moratorium on debt servicing and providing better access for exports from the tsunami-affected countries.

For the New Zealand government, the key challenge is to use this opportunity to take a fresh look at its thinking on aid levels. As the British Prime Minister Tony Blair said last week, Africa suffers a tsunami every day.

Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Barry Coates said: “There is a danger that the focus on this natural disaster has diverted attention away from the other 14 humanitarian crises around the world. In Darfur, in western Sudan, over a million people are still struggling to survive in makeshift refugee camps. We must not forget their plight.

“The Government’s response to this disaster has so far been welcome, and additional resources are likely to be committed by Cabinet next week. The next step must be a substantial increase in aid funding to bring New Zealand into line with other OECD member countries. The Government can take its cue from the New Zealand public, whose astounding generosity over the past couple of weeks has shown once and for all that they do care very deeply about the suffering of people overseas."

Notes to editors A target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) has been agreed by all OECD countries, including New Zealand. With the additional $20m per annum, New Zealand's aid budget increases from about 0.24% of national income to around 0.26%. At 0.24% of GNI, New Zealand’s aid budget ranks 16th out of the 22 countries of the OECD. And it is one of the few countries that have not yet set a timetable for achieving the goal of 0.7%. NZ aid may reach $100 million according to a report by the Dominion Post today: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3152288a10,00.html The full report OI Briefing Note: The Asian Tsunami - The Challenge after the Jakarta Summit 7 January 2005 (PDF file) is available on the web: http://www.oxfam.org.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news