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5 things we learnt from Ed Miliband’s international development speech

20 January 2015

By Billy Hill, LCID Membership Officer

Last week, Ed Miliband helped to 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. Here are 5 things we learnt from his speech….

There’s no doubt about it: 2015 could be a game-changing year for international development. With the new Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global goals which aim to make progress on issues surrounding health, education, and poverty being decided in September, there’s no time to lose.

With the launch of action/2015 movement last week, LCID we’re thrilled to be invited to Queen’s Park Community School to hear Ed Miliband’s speech and Q&A session on Labour’s commitment to international development. Here are five things we learnt from the Party’s leader:

2015 a huge year for Labour and international development

1Straight off the back, Ed couldn’t be clearer. Labour will raise global ambitions for combating extreme poverty, inequality and climate change. With the G7 happening in June, the Sustainable Development goals being announced in September, a global climate summit happening in December, the UK can play a huge role.

Ending extreme poverty (people living on less than 80p a day) is a top priority

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Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Having been asked by one of the young members of the audience on what Ed’s priority goal was, he answered ending extreme poverty by 2030. Over the last twenty years, we’ve seen a huge drop in the number of people living on less than a 80p a day, around 50%. The last Labour government helped lift 3 million people out of poverty each year, so we’ve got a legacy to live up to.

We will demand a global goal for tackling climate change

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Photograph: Twitter, @marianeo77

As the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed knows these issues like the back of his hand.  He outlined his desire to see a separate Sustainable Development goal on the issue of climate change and the ambitious goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 with the UK leading the way by decarbonising electricity supply by 2030.

The UK can be a leader in ending global inequality

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Photograph: Twitter, @campaignbill

A key priority for Ed and especially Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, is making progress on inequality. Mary outlined her commitment to human rights and universal health coverage. We just need the right leadership.

Campaigners are at the heart of these issues 

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Photograph: Twitter, @marycreagh_mp

Politicians hold the keys to change, but it’s campaign groups, like LCID, that build the pressure and shape the agenda. Ed showed his great support for the action/2015 movement and highlighted why campaigners will be at the heart of this incredible year

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