Parliamentarians Call for Britain to Lead the Way in Tackling Global Poverty

 

Author: Katie Husselby

On Tuesday 13th November, the Coalition for Global Prosperity were delighted to co-host Director and UN advocate Richard Curtis CBE, Secretary of State for International Development the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, and former First Minister of Scotland Lord Jack McConnell in parliament to call for Britain to remain a force for good in the world.

Richard Curtis CBE, DFID Secretary the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, and former First Minister of Scotland the Rt Hon the Lord Jack McConnell

In partnership with the APPG for the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development, Project Everyone and Bond, this event brought together more than 25 senior parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.

Attendees included Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood, Chair of the International Development Committee Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Mary Creagh MP and former Secretaries of State Dame Caroline Spelman MP and the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP.

Parliamentarians re-emphasised their commitment to making the world safer, healthier and more prosperous for future generations.

Parliamentarians commit to achieving the Global Goals

In September 2015, the United Nations launched the Global Goals, the most progressive and ambitious set of commitments yet to achieving freedom, security and prosperity for all, leaving no-one behind. This event drew attention to the UK’s commitment to achieving these Goals, and this unprecedented chance for Britain to lead in eradicating poverty once and for all.

Next summer will see the UK’s Voluntary National Review, which will look at Britain’s progress in the implementation of the Global Goals. Speaking at the event, co-chair of the APPG on the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the Rt Hon the Lord Jack McConnell, stressed the need for Britain to grasp this chance and raise our ambitions.

The Rt Hon the Lord Jack McConnell

The Sustainable Development Goals are our best chance yet to end extreme poverty, protect our environment and prevent conflict. We can all contribute and the UK government should lead the way. Leave no-one behind!
— The Rt Hon the Lord Jack McConnell

Prominent Director Richard Curtis CBE echoed this message, emphasising Britain’s central role to play in driving change.

Richard Curtis CBE

The Sustainable Development Goals present a plan with optimism when the world needs it most. The UK has a vital role to play in driving positive change and ending poverty.
— Richard Curtis CBE

We were also pleased to host the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, who spoke with pride on Britain’s leadership in international development, towards achieving the Global Goals.

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development

Every day, British businesses, charities, teachers and faith groups across the country do vital work to improve the lives of millions of Britons and help us achieve the UN’s Global Goals. The UK’s leadership on these Goals empowers women, builds prosperity and makes us all safer. I was delighted to be part of this event and want to hear more from the UK public on their trail blazing work.
— The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Coalition for Global Prosperity CEO Theo Clarke said, “British leadership on the Global Goals is driving down poverty, empowering women, educating young people and eradicating deadly diseases. We were delighted to host Richard Curtis CBE, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP and Lord Jack McConnell to raise the profile on these crucial targets.”

Richard Curtis CBE, The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, The Rt Hon the Lord McConnell, Theo Clarke

 
Theo Clarke