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International Development Act: an important historic moment (Politics Home)

27 March 2015

This article was originally published on Politics home.

The Malaria Consortium welcomes the news that International Development Act has received Royal Assent.

Malaria Consortium welcomes the passing of the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act into law, enshrining the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) on aid, as an important historic moment. Britain became one of a handful of countries to reach this figure earlier this year, and now becomes the only G7 country to have enshrined this commitment in law.

“This represents another significant milestone for the UK. We lead the world in many areas of international development, including the fight against malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and it is heartening to see this reflected in the strength of political support for this Act,” said Malaria Consortium Chief Executive Charles Nelson. The strong cross-party support for this important piece of legislation was demonstrated yesterday during the televised leaders’ interviews, where Ed Miliband praised David Cameron’s support for the Act.

Charles Nelson continued, “We hope that this cross-party support continues after the election and the UK remains a world leader in tackling poverty, inequality and disease.”

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