Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
6 December 2016
From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific.
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.
Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.
Melissa Parke, Minister for International Development, has welcomed the United Nations report showing that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are making good progress.
Released by the United Nations Secretary General in Geneva, the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 says that some of the MDGs are already met, and many other targets are within reach by the 2015 deadline.
MDGs that have already been achieved include:
halving extreme poverty (MDG 1)
Australia is assisting Pacific nations better prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather, with a focus on building resilience throughout the region to the impacts of climate change.
Australia’s funding includes:
$32 million over the next four years to support 14 Pacific countries to use local weather, climate and sea level data to plan for unusual and extreme weather
$16 million over the next four years to help Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga build their resilience to natural disasters
Working with Germany to improve water and sanitation services in Zimbabwe, benefiting 1.65 million people.
With the UK, working to reduce extreme poverty, vulnerability and hunger by delivering regular, guaranteed cash transfers to over 900,000 chronically food-insecure people in northern Kenya.
With France, supporting reduced food insecurity in Africa by improving agricultural productivity, sustainability and resilience to climate change.
Australia and the World Bank Group Partnership: Unlocking potential, achieving results
This report highlights the achievements of the Australia – World Bank Group Partnership.
Headline results in 2012
Access to finance provided to more than 500,000 people in the Pacific.
FRI 31 AUGUST 2012
Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Pacific island countries will receive assistance to become more resilient to climate change and to help save lives when disasters strike, under an announcement made today at the Pacific Islands Forum.
Low-lying Pacific countries are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
This assistance will help Pacific nations to be better prepared for natural disasters and extreme weather conditions.
29 September 2011
A hallmark of foreign policy is to look beyond the horizon to analyse the new great global challenges facing us in the future.
Today I want to talk to you about one such challenge — food security, which now finds itself at the forefront of the global policy agenda.
Population growth means that by 2050 the world will need to feed approximately 9 billion people, over 2 billion more than today when we already have 1 billion people suffering chronic hunger.