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International Development Committee Report: Extreme poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals

Today the UK Government International Development Committee has published a new report looking at the slowing progress on extreme poverty reduction, and the ways in which combined threats of COVID-19, climate change and conflict threaten to undo decades of progress.

The report, which you can find here, the committee examined what interventions are known to be most effective in helping people to lift themselves out, and to stay out, of extreme poverty. 

Frances Guy, CEO of Scotland’s International Development Alliance says:

“The Alliance welcomes this comprehensive report which identifies how recent Government decision-making has the potential to undermine decades of progress in tackling extreme poverty. The UK has lost its leadership position in development and must urgently reaffirm its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

We support the call for a new Voluntary National Review of progress on the SDGs in 2023 to “transform both the UK’s standing on development and the global conversation around these priority agendas”.

We are also pleased to see the report highlight a lack of policy coherence which has led to funding cuts in areas which have previously been deemed priorities. The Alliance has long called for a policy coherence for sustainable development approach which would support joined-up policy making linking global and domestic priorities, putting people and planet at the forefront of decision making.”

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