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Hanson Backs Action Against Global Poverty

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.”