Australia is set to provide an initial $675,000 to assist Kiribati respond to the country’s severe drought.
The funding commitment follows the Kiribati Government’s declaration of a State of Disaster on 13 June.
“We are also working closely with New Zealand, Japan, UNICEF and the World Bank to identify needs and gaps for enhanced international support across Kiribati,” said Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong.
She said Australia will support the installation of 100 solar distillation units in Outer Island communities to convert well water into safe drinking water, and help primary schools ensure water is available for students.
Australia’s funding will also support Australian NGOs to work with the Government of Kiribati and local NGOs to help deliver sustainable and inclusive access to drinking water in South Tarawa and the Outer Islands.
“As Pacific family members, Australia is standing with Kiribati to meet the challenges of climate change and its impacts,” said Senator Wong.
“Australia is listening actively and carefully to ensure that we mobilise resources that best support the people of Kiribati,” said Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy.