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Ed Miliband: the next Labour government will seek to raise global ambitions for combating extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.

15 January 2015

Ed Miliband will today help launch action/2015 with a commitment that the next Labour government will seek to raise global ambitions for combating extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.

Speaking to an audience of young people including at Queen’s Park Community School, London later this morning, he will declare that 2015 is the biggest year for global action in half a century with a series of summits and conferences that can shape our future.

These include the New York summit in September to renew the Millennium Development Goals on tackling poverty and inequality – and the Climate Change conference in December where, at last, there is a chance to achieve a binding agreement on the greatest threat to our planet.

Mr Miliband will acknowledge that these great causes may not be as fashionable as they were a few years back but, emphasising that they go to the heart of his beliefs, he will say they are more important than ever.

He will commit the next Labour government to use these talks to fighting for

– An end to extreme global poverty (people living on $1.25 a day) by 2030

– Tackling inequality must remain at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda, with a focus on securing equal access to healthcare and protecting the rights of women, children and workers.

– A separate development goal on climate change and a binding international agreement on climate change leading to zero net carbon emissions by 2050 with the UK leading the way by decarbonising electricity supply by 2030

Ed Miliband is expected to say:

“More than ever Britain and the world need leadership on tackling poverty, inequality and climate change.

With the right Sustainable Development Goals, ours is the generation that can wipe out extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.

Today marks the launch of action/2015. It is a campaign to make sure that governments and political parties listen to peoples’ hopes and dreams – to ensure our political ambition matches the scale of the challenge.

In 2015, after the General Election here, the countries of the world will come together to agree two plans.

The first plan aims to eradicate poverty over the next fifteen years. And the second will tackle climate change.

These two plans affect all of us: everyone in this room, everyone across the world, and especially, everyone in your generation because they will help determine the world you will live in.

They matter. And what the British government does at these conferences – what it does in your name – matters too.

I know tackling climate change, global poverty and inequality are not as fashionable as they once were. But I also know they are more important than ever.

For me, they are not luxury items in our programme for change. They are not part of a branding exercise. They go to the heart of my beliefs and the reason why I entered politics.

“This is about ensuring the next generation can do better than the last in this country and around the world.”

EXTREME POVERTY

“The last two decades have been the most successful in history in the fight against poverty: the share of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half worldwide. But it is unacceptable that more than one billion people still live on less than USD$1.25 a day – just 80 pence.

Our challenge must be to bring this number to zero by 2030.”

INEQUALITY

“Inequality threatens to undo much of the progress of the past 20 years in making sure millions more people have food on the table, a decent education and health care. It is as unfair as it is uneven.  So while the wealth of a powerful minority grows greater, the poorest get left behind.

A Labour government would fight for equal access to healthcare, and protect the rights of women, children and workers.”

CLIMATE CHANGE

“The progress of the last 15 years in the tackling poverty, improving health, on food security and access to sanitation could all be eroded if global temperatures are allowed to soar. I believe tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics for my children’s generation. It demands leadership and resolve.

So in Paris next year, a Labour government would be pushing for global targets for reducing carbon emissions that rise every five years with regular reviews towards the long-term goal of what the science now tells us is necessary – zero net global emissions in the latter half of this century.”

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