Search

 

Cablegate: New Zealand Response On Polio Eradication Request

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000862

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR OES/IHA, EAP/ANP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KSCA TBIO NZ OECD
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND RESPONSE ON POLIO ERADICATION REQUEST

REF: STATE 208754

1. Post delivered reftel demarche to the America's Division
of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dr.
Douglas Lush, Acting Director of the Communicable Diseases
Unit in the Ministry of Health; and to Vicki Poole, Global
Group Program Manager at the NZ Agency for International
Development (NZAID.)

2. On behalf of these agencies, Poole responded in writing to
Post that New Zealand could not provide additional funding
for this initiative, as NZAID's budget is committed for this
financial year. Poole reminded post of New Zealand's past
donations of NZ$1.6 million (US1.1 million) in 2003 to the
Initiative through the WHO, UNICEF and New Zealand Rotary
International, and NZ$200,000 (US140,000) in 2004, also to
New Zealand Rotary International. She added that the Polio
Initiative will be considered seriously in future funding
rounds, as immunization is a key component of NZAID's
development strategy. However, she also noted that NZAID's
priority focus remains the Pacific, and the entire Africa
program budget is less than NZ$1 million (US700,000) per
year. Poole's response has been faxed to EAP/ANP.
Burnett

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>