8 June 2016 - David Cameron helped create the Sustainable Development Goals and must now use his power to make UK government departments work towards them, a cross-party group of MPs warn in a welcome new report today.
Christian Aid’s expert on the Goals, Helen Dennis, said: “What the MPs are politely saying is that unless David Cameron knocks heads together, his government will fail to achieve the Global Goals he helped create.
“That would be a waste of the Prime Minister’s work and a tragedy for people in the UK and around the world. The goals are part of David Cameron's legacy but without a cross-government plan, he can't be sure that legacy will last until 2030.
“A UK implementation plan for the new goals sounds dry but would be revolutionary. Properly embedding them in UK policy would change millions of lives and help people struggling with poverty, inequality and destruction of the environment.
“The International Development Select Committee is also right to demand urgent production of the departmental plans for implementing the SDGs, a White Paper from DFID and better reporting on policy coherence across government.”
In addition, Christian Aid welcomed the new report’s recommendations for reforms to help generate the huge sums of money needed to fund global progress towards the Goals.
“These goals well never be achieved by aid alone, so the government must lead the way in financing the Goals from business, investors and better tax systems,” added Helen Dennis.
“The scale of hidden money revealed by the Panama Papers shows why real transparency in the global financial system could unlock more finance for tackling poverty.
“Christian Aid looks forward to working with the Committee as they take forward their work on corruption. We welcome their recommendation for central beneficial ownership registries in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and hope they will support our call for all registries to be public.”
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