Responding to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s 2013 aid figures, David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK said:

“UNICEF UK is pleased that global aid levels have risen to historic levels following two years of falling assistance. We are proud of the UK Government’s role in this and its continuing commitment to the most vulnerable children around the world. The OECD confirmed today that the UK has joined the group of five countries who spend 0.7 per cent of national income on international aid. This is the fulfilment of a long held promise which will protect millions of children in the world’s poorest countries and transform their lives.  The UK Government is setting a positive example which should encourage other countries also to meet their commitments and reach the agreed international aid target.  The Government should ensure that the priority for UK aid is to support those most in need - the poorest and most vulnerable, and especially children

The UK has led the way in responding to disasters and humanitarian emergencies such as the current conflict in Syria and last year’s typhoon in the Philippines. The huge generosity shown by the British public for both of these humanitarian responses demonstrates that the British public believes that protecting children is the right thing to do - wherever they are in the world.”

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