Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed plans to spend more UK overseas aid on helping poor people in states affected by conflict. The new policy was unveiled in a new White Paper.
The White Paper commits the UK Government to meeting the UN goal of 0.7% in aid spending and on achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals on poverty, hunger, disease, maternal health, and schools. It also sets out new priorities, including:
· making sure every pound of UK aid is spent well
· helping poor countries adapt to climate change and grow their economies in a low carbon way
- providing economic opportunities for 7.5 million people in states affected by conflict, training police forces, setting up law courts and giving priority to measures to tackle violence against women
- boosting support for democratic politics, including peaceful, free and fair elections
· more than doubling partnerships with local charities, faith groups, trade unions and ethical businesses
David Hanson said:
“Since 1997, the Government has helped lift 3 million people out of poverty each year. The proportion of the world’s population living in poverty has fallen from a third to a quarter.
“The Government has kept promises on aid. The UK is on track to reach this historic UN target of 0.7% of national income by 2013. Britain is now regarded as the leader on aid effectiveness in the G7.
“The UK is also showing leadership on climate change, proposing a global fund of $100bn to support the world’s poorest, who will be hit worst and first.”