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New Zealand allocates $12 mln to fund climate damage in developing nations – Reuters

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Nov 8, 2022

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[1/2] New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during a session of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted to hold an urgent debate about Russia’s deadly invasion of Ukraine at Kyiv’s request, amid widespread international condemnation of Moscow’s attack, in Geneva, Switzerland February 28, 2022. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

WELLINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The New Zealand government said on Wednesday it was allocating NZ$20 million ($12 million) of climate funding to address loss and damage in developing countries.

Vulnerable countries have ramped up demands for rich countries to pay compensation for losses inflicted on the world’s poorest people by climate change. The issue is on the agenda of the U.N. COP27 climate summit this year.

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said the country’s decision to allocate NZ$20 million of funding placed it at the leading edge of wealthy countries.

“International negotiations have in the past struck difficulties regarding calls for climate finance to deal with loss and damage, as some countries are concerned over what it means for liability and compensation,” Mahuta said.

Mahuta said New Zealand recognised that loss and damage for Pacific countries takes many forms such as to culture, language, people’s mental heath and physical wellbeing.

“We will work with our partners, in particular Pacific governments, to support areas they identify as priorities,” said Mahuta.

New Zealand was not opposed to a possible centralised fund for international commitments for loss and damage, but supported a wide range of funding arrangements, she added.

($1 = 1.6855 New Zealand dollars)

Reporting by Lucy Craymer; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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