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DFID White Paper Launch

A new poverty action plan to help the world’s poorest people cope with the economic and climate crises was announced today by UK International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander. 

Launching a new White Paper, Building our Common Future (PDF), on 6 July 2009, Mr Alexander said the measures would bring help to the 50 million people worst hit by the global recession, keeping children in school, parents in jobs and the most vulnerable out of destitution.

Douglas Alexander also set out the need to see a 'fair and equitable' deal from the Copenhagen climate change conference in December. The White Paper reaffirms the UK Government’s commitment to contribute to a $100bn fund to help developing countries tackle climate change and provide funding over and above existing aid commitments - a key step on the path to Copenhagen.

Ed Miliband, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said;

'To fight global poverty successfully we must also fight for an ambitious global climate deal at Copenhagen this December.'

'The Prime Minister’s recent climate finance proposal puts the developing world at the centre of the global deal – ensuring that those poorest countries are given the help to deal with the consequences of climate change, but also help them grow in a low carbon way.'

Climate and development commitments

Key climate change commitments in Building our Common Future include:

  • pressing for an ambitious & equitable global Copenhagen deal withadditional public finance
  • setting up a Climate Change Knowledge Network
  • new trans boundary water initiatives
  • setting ambitious renewable energy targets for multilateral investment
  • delivering £800m for climate mitigation, adaptation and innovation
  • piloting affordable insurance for the poor

Other key announcements are:

  • A renewed commitment to 0.7 per cent of UK Gross National Income (GNI) for international development, meaning a contribution of £9bn per year by 2013
  • Measures to reduce maternal mortality rates and potentially save the lives of six million mothers and babies by 2015
  • Plans to support over eight million more children in Africa go to school
  • Doubling of funding to £1bn for African infrastructure including transport, energy and trade in the region
  • Increased investment in the Central Emergency Response Fund for humanitarian aid at the UN
  • A new UKaid logo, to highlight where public money is being used to tackle global poverty.

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Building our Common Future (PDF)

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