London, UK – The AWEPA UK Section welcomes the law recently passed in the UK Parliament, guaranteeing that, from now on, the United Kingdom will always spend 0.7% of national income on international aid and development. With this commitment, the UK becomes one of very few developed countries to meet the pledge first adopted by the United Nations in the 1970s.
The law, introduced by the Liberal Democrats, passed through its final stages in the upper chamber of the UK Parliament, the House of Lords on 9 March 2015.
Lord Chidgey, AWEPA Advisory Council Member and Spokesman on International Development in the House of Lords, said:
“After decades of campaigning, this historic new law has the power to change millions of lives throughout Africa and worldwide. It will mean guaranteed, long-term support for poorer countries, providing investment in live-saving healthcare, education, and job-creating commerce and industry. It will mean that the UK remains at the forefront of the international response to emergencies like Ebola and the crisis in Syria.
“I am proud that my parliamentary colleagues in the UK have shown wisdom and compassion in making this law, which will allow more girls to be educated in safe schools, more mothers to nurture their children in good health, with clean water and hygienic medical care. It will allow more people to be empowered in corrupt free governance and families generally to be free from the threat of living in a war zone.”