Following today’s historic budget announcement that Britain will meet its promise of 0.7% of GNI going to international aid David Bull, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director and IF campaign board member said:
“Today is a historic day for the world’s poorest children and a proud day for Britain. Keeping our promises to the world’s poorest children and their families is both the right thing to do and is in Britain’s interests.
Already aid has saved millions of children’s lives around the world and for that we should all hold our heads up high. Right now, British aid is helping UNICEF to deliver nutrition, safe drinking water, essential vaccines, education, clothing and protection to millions of children affected by the crisis in Syria. By providing this much needed support, UNICEF, with the help of British aid, is helping to ensure Syria’s children do not become a lost generation. This is a clear example of British aid working hard for those that need it most.
0.7% is a tiny amount of our GNI but as we are seeing in Syria it can have a colossal impact on ordinary children’s lives.
UNICEF UK is a key member of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, a movement of more than 150 organisations who have come together to campaign to end world hunger. Together we welcome the commitment to keep the promise on 0.7% GNI on aid, which is vital to end the scandal that sees two million children die every year from malnutrition.
Investing in child nutrition is the most effective way to tackle world poverty, both today and into the future. Tackling chronic child malnutrition can release children’s potential, giving them a better future and also generating measurable improvements in their country’s economic growth, reducing long term aid dependency. The Government’s commitment to keep its promise on 0.7% of GNI going to international aid has made tackling the tragedy of child malnutrition even more achievable, and that is certainly something worth celebrating.”
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