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

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news