18 Aug 2020

UK remains committed to Pacific

From , 6:01 am on 18 August 2020

Despite its own challenges with Covid-19 and a shrinking economy, the United Kingdom says it remains committed to its role as a development partner in the Pacific Islands region.

The UK last year opened three new diplomatic posts in the Pacific  - in Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa - doubling its diplomatic presence in the region. 

It is putting funding and resources into work in areas including climate change action, ocean health and also public health with support for vaccine development.  

Johnny Blades caught up with the British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor of Pitcairn Island, Laura Clarke, and asked how the recent $US1.56 billion cut in British foreign aid spending will affect the UK's programmes in the Pacific Islands:

UK High Commissioner in New Zealand Laura Clarke.

UK High Commissioner in New Zealand Laura Clarke. Photo: Supplied