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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

UK calls for bold new plan to get MDGs back on track

The UK will press world leaders to agree to an ambitious action plan to get the Millennium Development Goals back on track to be achieved by 2015. The International Development Secretary used a gathering of development experts to put forward bold proposals that will input into the international negotiations ahead of a key UN summit in September, including a doubling of aid for basic education and for health services for mothers and children. Douglas Alexander said that the UN Summit in September must be used as a turning point towards achieving the MDGs and will set out that the UK will be pushing for more to be done.
This conference will set out proposals for:
• International partners to double aid for basic education in low income countries from $3 billion to $6 billion per year;
• A global programme to tackle malnutrition;
• The global community to increase levels of aid to fragile countries from the current 30% to 50% by 2015; and,
• A doubling of global aid for maternal, newborn and child health from $4 billion to $8 billion per year.

Source: Department for International Department