27 September 2015 - As UK Prime Minister David Cameron prepares to address the UN General Assembly in New York today, Christian Aid praised his government for helping to create the new Global Goals and said it should now follow up with a comprehensive action plan for work across Whitehall.
“The UK has had a very positive influence on the new Goals,” said Christian Aid Chief Executive Loretta Minghella. “The Goals set out an ambitious vision of the just, sustainable and peaceful world we long for.
“We are now asking the Prime Minister to ensure his government follows up with action on all the Sustainable Development Goals – they are not a menu from which to pick and choose.”
Christian Aid welcomes the Goals’ emphasis on the need for strong action to tackle climate change, given its damaging impact on the world’s poorest people.
Ms Minghella added: “With the crucial Paris talks on climate change just weeks away and with many looking to the UK for positive climate leadership, we now need more clarity from the Prime Minister on where exactly the UK stands.
“We would particularly like to see plans for a phase-out of coal burning in the UK by 2023, shifting money away from the fossil-fuel sector and towards renewables, in a way that builds investor confidence.
“Recent policy announcements have sent mixed messages. This is not just a civil society concern – businesses too are saying they want clearer signals from government about where its climate and energy policies are going.”
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