2020 saw RESULTS campaigners take action on global health and education, and the effectiveness of the UK’s aid spending and policy. But the COVID-19 pandemic slashed into the progress that had been made on poverty, health and education worldwide. With fewer children being immunised, malnutrition on the rise and infectious diseases like TB becoming more widespread, UK aid is a vital way to help the world recover from the pandemic and strengthen health and education systems in 2021.
The world needs international donors such as the UK to remain committed to poverty alleviation and ensuring marginalised people can access the services they need. Here are some of the key moments for the UK’s international development agenda in 2021:
- A proposed vote in Parliament on the future of the aid budget
- The UK will co-host a summit to fund the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
- The UK is President of the G7 this year
- The UK will host the UN climate change conference (‘COP26’) in November
- The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) agenda and December summit
We can’t take UK leadership on international development for granted. As advocates, we will need to push the Government to make the most of these opportunities for change. This month, we’re asking you to plan your campaigning for 2021 and familiarise yourself with the issues you’ll be taking action on. See the Action Sheet and Background Sheet attached for more details.