There is no task more urgent that defeating poverty, said UK’s International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, at the annual BOND Conference in London today where GAIN’s Executive Director, Lawrence Haddad is also due to speak.
“When it comes to the state of the world we have to look at what we are confronted with day in and day out. More than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine and 1.4 million children could face starvation this year,” she told delegates at Europe’s biggest international development conference which runs over two days.
More than 1,000 global delegates are attending the event where previous speakers have included Bill Gates. Patel said it was good to see that there are so many international counterparts at the event.
GAIN’s Executive Director, Lawrence Haddad, will be chairing a session SDGs: Our chance for real change at the event. Joining him are Achim Steiner, the director of the Oxford Martin School and previously executive director of UNEP – who also joined Priti Patel in the keynote address – Ruth Fuller of WWF UK, Labour MP Stephen Twigg, and Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development at the Open University. The session explores why the SDGs are not “business as usual” and have the potential to drive true change.
In the keynote, Patel said civil society organisations were an important of the UK’s leadership in the world and its global offer when it came to international development.
“The world looks to Britain, not just for support in difficult times, but also to global leadership and that is underpinned to our unequivocal commitment to UK Aid. I believe in a truly vibrant and diverse civil society and that’s what makes this country great.”
She announced a new partnership between DFID and the UK Charity Commission to strengthen small and medium sized organisations by providing funds and support training in areas such as governance, financial management and transparency to reduce the burden and cost of due diligence when applying for funding.
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Published 20 March 2017