Ivan Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, in response to the UN High Level Panel’s Report on the Post-2015 Agenda said:
“I welcome many of the recommendations in the UN High Level panel’s report. Especially the objective to end extreme poverty by 2030 and the bringing together of the sustainability and poverty reduction agendas.
“However, co-chair David Cameron’s statement accompanying the report which champions “go green” and “go for growth” as key measures for a fairer and more successful world is highly hypocritical. His Tory-led Government has failed to deliver an effective growth strategy and failed to live up to his promise of “the greenest government ever”.
“There will be widespread concern that the panel has failed to include the objectives of universal health and social care coverage, while simultaneously retreating from any serious attempt to tackle income inequality. I also believe that this was a missed opportunity for the UK to leverage its influence to ensure that other countries agree to the 0.7% aid target in the short term while making a clear commitment to radical reforms of tax, trade and governance which could end aid dependency by 2030.
“The High Level Panel’s report is an important contribution to the debate about a new covenant for development. But there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the new goals and partnerships drive the radical change which is essential if we are to be the generation that ends poverty and safeguards scarce planetary resources.”
1. The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 30th May 2013, http://www.post2015hlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/UN-Report.pdf
2. David Cameron: ‘We can end global poverty by 2030 – United Nations report,’ 30th May 2013: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/we-can-end-global-poverty-by-2030-united-nations-report
3. Labour’s Post-2015 Vision: Equality 2030, 14th May 2013:http://www.labour.org.uk/labours-post-2015-vision,2013-05-14