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NZ increases climate change funding for Pacific region

25 September 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

New Zealand is pouring in more funds to the Pacific to help combat climate change.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today $300 million dollars over the next four years for climate change support to the region, as part of the government's Pacific Reset.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (centre) with Prime Minister of Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu (left) and President Taneti Mamau of Kiribati at the Pacific Islands Forum last month. Photo/ PMN. 

She says the funding will mean practical action that will help Pacific nations adapt to climate change and build resilience.

"For example, providing support for coastal adaptation in Tokelau to reduce the risks of coastal inundations; and continuing our efforts to strengthen water security across the Pacific."

"Building on current initiatives such as those in Kiribati where we are working to provide community rainwater harvesting systems and are investing desalination."

In February, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced the government's Pacific Reset, a move to build a stronger relationship with the Pacific region and transition from a donor-aid relationship to a partnership.

The climate change funds will come out of New Zealand's Overseas Development Assistance that was a part of the Pacific Reset in Budget 2018.

Ardern is currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

She says climate change action is high on her agenda and she will support the Pacific region in voicing their concerns on climate change.

“We recognise our neighbours in the Pacific region are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This week I will be making a number of representations alongside our Pacific neighbours to ensure the world is aware of the impact of climate change in our region and the cost of inaction."

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