UNICEF UK’s ending violence against children campaign

Labour is committed to helping end violence against children across the world and I can assure you that a Labour Government will play a leading role in shaping the post-2015 international development agenda.

I am proud of the UK’s record in supporting international development. The last Labour government cut debt, trebled the development budget, brokered ambitious deals on trade and climate change, outlawed cluster bombs, and set the UK on track to be the first major economy to reach the target to give 0.7 per cent of gross national income to development.

We established the Department for International Development and through it, provided the global leadership to agree and fund the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year.

I believe the SDGs offer the best opportunity to end violence against children. Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary has emphasised that ending child labour, FGM and forced marriage will be priority for a future Labour Government.

The UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group has now proposed 17 suggestions for the future SDGs, among which is a target to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children”, which I know is strongly supported by organisations including UNICEF.

I will continue to press the UK Government to negotiate for targets that are both achievable and inspiring. We must make sure we get these Goals right in order to eradicate poverty and inequality by 2030.