Eliminating world poverty: a challenge for the 21st century

Eliminating world poverty: a challenge for the 21st century

White Paper affirming UK government’s commitment to eliminating poverty, and their strategy to reach this goal

There are two key elements which need to be in place if the fight to eliminate poverty is to succeed. First, a clear set of internationally agreed policies and principles which promote sustainable development and encourage environmental conservation is needed, and second, the political will to address the problems of international development in both poorer and richer countries. This White Paper, produced by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), sets out the government’s policies to achieve global sustainable development through refocusing their international development efforts on the elimination of poverty and the encouragement of economic growth which benefits the poor.

The paper identifies a number of challenges for the future in achieving these goals. These include:

  • building partnerships with developing countries to strengthen the commitment to the elimination of poverty, mobilising political will to achieve the International Development Targets, and establishing new ways of working with the UK private and voluntary sectors and research community
  • ensuring that the UK government policies affecting developing countries, including environment, trade, investment and agricultural policies, take account of our sustainable development objective
  • using UK government resources proactively to promote political stability and social cohesion and to respond effectively to conflict, and encouraging financial stability and the reduction of the external debt of the developing countries to sustainable levels
  • ensuring that resources made available for development are used only for the intended purposes, and consider the case for a new International Development Act
  • providing the necessary resources for the development programme and meeting the UK’s commitment to the 0.7 per cent UN target.
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