Wednesday, August 5, 2009

White Paper 2009: Global action by the UK government to help make a fair, safe and sustainable world

We live in an increasingly interdependent world. We have made great strides over the past decade in tackling global poverty and suffering.

But despite this progress, the developing world is facing its most profound challenge in a generation. The worst global downturn in 60 years threatens to put 90 million into poverty. Climate change and conflict threaten the lives of the poor.

The UK’s new White Paper on International Development, Building our Common Future , argues that rather than turn away when things get tough we need to redouble our efforts. Development is not only morally right, but it is in our shared interest.

So using new approaches, new partnerships, and working through the international system, we will help the poorest countries confront global challenges and build a fairer, safer and more sustainable world for all people.


Our common challenge

Never before have people from so many countries been connected in so many ways. We depend on one another. Our futures are tied together.


Big challenges


Our world faces the most profound challenges in a generation.

* 1.4 billion people live in poverty and the global downturn means many are at risk of staying poor.
* Too many people are trapped in poverty and endangered by war and instability.
* Climate change, mostly caused by developed countries like the UK, threatens the lives of poor people and ourselves.


Shared problems

Problems faced by poor countries affect all of us, including the UK:

* Prosperity. Britain's fastest growing export markets are in poor countries. The economic downturn, weak financial regulation and unfair trade affect us all.
* Security. Poor government and social exclusion can be a source of conflict, and threaten peace and security around the world.
* Climate. Climate change will force many people to leave their homes. The UK summer floods in 2007 cost the country around £3 billion


Read detail White Paper here: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFID/Quick-guide-to-DFID/How-we-do-it/Building-our-common-future/

Forget yourself for others, and others will never forget you.

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