UK international development minister confirms commitment to human development
The UK secretary for state for international development, Alok Sharma, has confirmed the UK’s continued commitment to supporting human development through its development assistance. In a letter to the chair of the UK Parliament's International Development Select Committee, Stephen Twigg MP, Sharma highlighted the UK's global leadership in three key areas:
- Health: the UK has been a long-standing champion of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 3 related to health and has been leading on the United Nation’s forthcoming High-Level Meeting on ensuring Universal Health Care to be held on September 23, 2019;
- Nutrition: the UK has exceeded its own 2015 commitment to improve the nutrition of 50 million people by 2020; and,
- Social Protection: the UK has a strong portfolio of programs supporting social protection
Sharma also noted the UK prime minister Boris Johnson's commitment to education, particularly for girls, as another priority area for UK development assistance.