The latest Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania has found widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in 2015/2016. The report Hungry for justice, thirsty for change shows extreme weather events, combined with ongoing climatic changes, are contributing to a severe loss of food and water supplies in the region.
Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessible, predictable, adequate and appropriate financial support to meet the climate crisis is urgent and growing.
A new publication details the framework for New Zealand Aid Programme investments for the next four years.
New Zealand Aid Programme Investment Priorities 2015-19 [PDF, 2.6 MB] outlines how we will focus our aid, capability and policy engagement around 12 priorities to deliver sustainable development and reduce poverty in partner countries.
Caritas aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. There is no single solution to poverty and it can take many forms. Each response must be context-specific and often multifaceted. Caritas’ approach places people at the centre of development and seeks the good of every person and the whole person. It is community based, and recognises the importance of family and community in a person’s life.
Located in the south-western Pacific Ocean, New Zealand sits on two tectonic plates within the Pacific ring of fire, resulting in the country’s dramatic natural landscapes. New Zealand is prone to a range of natural hazards, such as floods, storms, cyclones, snow-storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, geothermal incidents, tsunamis, landslides, and lahar. Climate-related risks are expected to be exacerbated by climate change.
New Zealand today strongly reaffirms the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) as a key partner in providing high level scientific and technical services to help Pacific Islands address key development challenges. H.E. Linda Te Puni, New Zealand Consul General in New Caledonia, and Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), signed a new grant funding agreement totaling NZD 13.89 million over the period 2014 to 2016.