The comments made by Preet Gill, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, on 19 July 2021.
Even before the pandemic, the challenges facing our world were vast and complex with the climate crisis, environmental destruction, and poverty and inequality, making all of us less safe.
The Government has had the opportunity of leading the world as hosts of the G7 and COP26 to get the necessary cooperation for a global plan. Instead they shut down a world leading development department, shunting development into the Foreign Office without a plan and have cut the aid budget without any impact assessments or clear objectives.
The challenges ahead of us require international cooperation. Labour will work with governments and communities in low income and climate vulnerable countries, to tackle the global challenges facing us all, support countries so that all people flourish and thrive in a sustainable way, making the world a safer place.