Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the Government’s efforts in leading the international community to tackle global poverty, but realises that there is much more that needs to be done.
David Hanson said:
“The fight against global poverty is one that we simply cannot afford to lose and I welcome the lead this Government has taken in the international community on this issue.
“Since 1997 the amount of aid has increased from £2.1 billion to £6.85 billion. Working with the international community we have written off 100% of debt owed by the world’s most heavily indebted countries and the Government is committed to expanding the international aid budget still further.
“The measures we have taken have helped to lift over 3 million people permanently out of poverty each year and in places like Bangladesh contributions have helped lift 1,300 people out of poverty every single day. And we are now providing clean water for 7.5 million people in Bangladesh and 2 million people in India.
“Despite the progress that has been made there is still so much more that needs to be done to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
“The Government has committed itself to £1.2 billion of health spending in developing countries by 2010 and £8.5 billion for education over the next 10 years to help 22 African countries. We continue to support education projects in places like Uganda and Afghanistan, which are helping to get millions of children into the classrooms.
“There are new challenges emerging all the time and with developing countries having to deal with climate change it is important that the UK offers the right aid packages. Through the pioneering £800 million Environmental Transformation Fund (for investment in low carbon technology in developing countries) the UK is helping to secure low carbon economic development in developing countries.
“The UK has led the argument on trade and has made clear from the start that pro-poor policies should be central to this trade round. We must keep up the pressure on the international community to deliver on its promises as we cannot afford to rest until global poverty is made a thing of the past.