New Zealand on Monday (10/18/2021) promised to quadruple its international assistance to tackle climate change, recognizing that its response to the global challenge was not enough.
Prime Minister Jacinta Arden in Wellington has announced that the budget for this issue will reach $ 930 million over the next four years, with global officials preparing for the global summit on global warming, COP26, in Scotland.
About half of that funding will go to the Pacific islands affected by sea level rise, Artern said.
“We need to increase our support for the Pacific family and our neighbors who are at the forefront of climate change and need our support,” he said in a statement.
The Prime Minister explained that the money would help communities to cope with the effects of storms, sea level rise and extreme events such as floods and droughts.
The Climate Action Tracker website called New Zealand’s current climate aid budget “critically inadequate” and the country’s overall response to global warming “inadequate.”
The increase in funding from 2022 to 2025 will bring New Zealand’s individual contribution to the global climate fund on par with Britain.
James Shaw, the minister responsible for climate change, said rich countries like New Zealand have a duty to help countries vulnerable to global warming. “Our response over the last 30 years has not been as bad as the challenge,” Shaw told Radio New Zealand.
Although Wellington acknowledged that it had “started too late”, he assured that his country’s climate policies were comparable to others with similar incomes.
GS (APP, New Zealand Herald)
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