23 Apr 2009

NZAid highlights importance of Oxfam's Right to Survive report

10:33 am on 23 April 2009

The New Zealand aid agency, NZAid, says it highly values a new report calling for reforms that could help save lives of climate disaster victims.

The Right to Survive report by the charity, Oxfam, predicts that in six years time there'll be a 54 percent increase in the number of people affected by climate disasters, which it says could overwhelm emergency responses.

It calls on the international community to act swiftly to re-engineer the way it responds to, prepares for and prevents disasters to save lives.

NZAid's officer for the Pacific Social and Vulnerability Team, Elizabeth McNaughton, says the report is important.

"It provides solid information on key issues that stakeholders can use to really support their advocacy. It's really important to draw attention to the humanitarian consequences of climate change."

Elizabeth McNaughton says NZAid will continue to offer help to reduce these risks and support to build a prepared and resilient Pacific.