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Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the government has agreed to a long term approach to assist Pacific Island states in meeting the challenges of climate change.
“We cannot ignore the risks faced by our Pacific Island neighbours who are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said Mr Peters.
“Cabinet has agreed to a long term strategy to assist the region. Development assistance will focus on practical projects for climate change adaption, mitigation, and ways to avert climate displacement of people.”
New Zealand Red Cross is pleased to hear that the new government’s policy is to double New Zealand’s refugee quota, and the organisation is urging that the change be implemented swiftly.
The announcement is particularly timely given the worsening situation for millions of people worldwide who have been, and continue to be, forced from their country due to violence and persecution.
9 March 2012 -- The Council for International Development has released a comprehensive ‘Brief to the incoming Government’ which details 28 specific actions it is urging the Government to act on in the short and medium term relating to international aid and development.
“This document outlines for the Government, other political parties and New Zealanders the key development challenges we need to tackle if we want to make the world a better place for ourselves and others”, said Dr Wren Green, Director, Council for International Development.
The National CDEM Plan and the Guide to
the National CDEM Plan
The purchase of the Plan is to state and provide for the hazards and risks to be managed at the national level and CDEM arrangements necessary to meet those hazards and risks. The Plan also sets out how support will be provided for the management of local civil defence emergencies to achieve the purpose of the Plan.
Summary of sections
Section 1. Introduction
Summary: Civil defence emergency management (CDEM) planning is essential if the impacts of emergencies on people and our communities are to be managed and reduced.
Part 1 Preliminary provisions
The purpose of this Act, which repeals and replaces the Civil Defence Act 1983, is to-
(a) improve and promote the sustainable management of hazards (as that term is defined in this Act) in a way that contributes to the social, economic, cultural, and environmental well-being and safety of the public and also to the protection of property; and
(b) encourage and enable communities to achieve acceptable levels of risk (as that term is defined in this Act), including, without limitation,-
(i) identifying, assessing, and managing risks; …