U.K.’s Humanitarian Aid Supports Global Development, Enhances National Security
The Guardian: We fight poverty, disease and fear. We should be proud of how it helps the poorest
David Cameron, prime minister of the U.K.
“As world leaders gather to endorse a global agenda to end extreme poverty in a generation, Britain can be proud about the role we have played. … Above all, because we kept our promises on aid spending, others listen to us. Meeting that historic pledge of spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on aid is about keeping our promises to the world’s poorest. … As leaders from more than 140 countries gather in New York this week, the U.K. will be the only country at the table with a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, a two percent defense budget and a 0.7 percent aid budget. That’s because of the decisions this government has taken: decisions that help to protect your security and help you prosper” (9/26).