UNICEF Australia is asking the Australian government to maintain its promise to increase its help to the world’s poorest children in the forthcoming budget and to not make these children pawns of Australian politics. The first step of any principled approach to foreign policy must be to keep promises. Other governments facing much more difficult economic times, such as the UK, have quarantined foreign aid from spending cuts. Australia should do the same.
As UNICEF out it: “The Australian Government made a commitment to help the world’s poorest through providing the equivalent to 50 cents from every $100 of our national income (i.e. 0.5% of GNI) by 2015.
This commitment was welcomed by many across Australia as a key step in playing our part in helping lift people out of the devastating cycle of poverty. However, this year Australia is providing 35 cents from every $100 of national income and is only half way to the amount required to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Australia still has a long way to go to meet its commitments to the world’s poorest.
Realising this, both major parties have committed to reaching 50 cents from every $100 of national income to aid and development programs (i.e. 0.5% of GNI) by 2015. This bipartisan commitment is a result of the pressure, you, as advocates of poverty reduction, have put on our leaders through emails, letters and lobbying. But the job isn’t finished yet! We need to keep the Government accountable to reaching this commitment by 2015.
This is your chance to ensure our leaders look to the future and keep our commitment to the world’s poorest in the 2012/13 budget due to be released on May 8th 2012.”
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