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U.K. MPs Call For Prioritizing Climate Change In Aid, Giving More Attention To Addressing Sexual Abuse In Aid Sector

Devex: U.K. aid must take ‘radical action’ on climate change, Parliament says
“The new U.K. secretary of state for international development has rallied behind a call from Parliament for major changes to the United Kingdom’s aid strategy to address the climate emergency. A report released Wednesday by the International Development Committee — the cross-party parliamentary group tasked with scrutinizing aid spending — argues that unless the U.K. puts climate change at the heart of its strategy, the effect of other overseas aid spending will be nullified…” (Root, 5/8).

The Guardian: Aid funding must recognize climate change emergency, say MPs
“…Climate change must be placed at the center of aid strategy and funding, if it is to address the seriousness of threats facing developing countries, the committee said. It urged a minimum spend of £1.76bn annually and a halt to funding fossil fuel projects in developing countries, unless they can demonstrate they support transition to zero emissions by 2050…” (McVeigh, 5/8).

The Guardian: Aid sector action to tackle abuse ‘completely unsatisfactory,’ say MPs
“Private aid companies and charities will be asked to reappear before MPs, after evidence given on tackling sexual abuse was condemned as ‘completely unsatisfactory.’ Stephen Twigg, chair of the international development committee (IDC), said he intended to invite representatives of both groups back. … Rory Stewart, who appeared before MPs on Tuesday for the first time as secretary of state for international development, said dramatic improvements had been made on safeguarding over the past 12 months…” (Ratcliffe, 5/8).