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

 


UNICEF NZ welcomes extra govt support for Syrian crisis

UNICEF NZ welcomes extra government support for Syrian crisis

UNICEF NZ Emergency Appeal. Donate at: www.unicef.org.nz/syria

UNICEF New Zealand has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s announcement today that it will commit an additional $5 million to UNICEF operations in Lebanon and Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian conflict.

UNICEF NZ Executive Director, Dennis McKinlay said, “The scale of this humanitarian crisis is unprecedented, with millions of people affected – at least half of them are children. We are pleased and grateful that the Government has recognised the severity and the urgency of the situation and responded accordingly.”

The funds will go towards UNICEF’s education and health programmes for refugees in Lebanon and Jordan – where nearly 1.4 million refugees have fled. “The conditions facing children and their families are grim at best, especially given that the region is now experiencing the coldest winter in a decade. They are living in tents and camps in sub-zero temperatures. They need food, warm clothes, medicines, blankets – and they need hope.”

“The funding announced by the Government will be used to help get children back into school, to protect them from exploitation and to provide psychological care. Some of these children have seen their families and friends killed and lost their schools and homes. They will need all the support we can give them to return to any kind of normalcy.”

Earlier this month, UNICEF, Save the Children, UNHCR and World Vision launched the No Lost Generation campaign, calling for a US$1billion investment and for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria. The campaign aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.

“New Zealanders have been very generous in donating to our appeal for Syria, but so much more is needed. We need to act now to ensure we don’t lose an entire generation and any chance of future peace for the region,” Mr McKinlay said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news