Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

European Year of Development

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Anneliese has called on the European Parliament to use the European Year of Development to take action to end extreme poverty.

More than one billion people still live in extreme poverty; 800 million people suffer from extreme hunger; 750 million people rely on unsafe drinking water; nearly 60 million children are without full primary education; 1.6 million people die every year from AIDS. Labour MEPs have set the target that by 2030 all of these should be reduced to zero.

Anneliese said: "The European Year of Development is an opportunity for the European Parliament to make a radical impact on extreme poverty. I, along with other Labour MEPs, am calling for ambitious targets, including the ending of extreme hunger and malnutrition by 2030; ensuring all children receive a decent education; ending systematic violence against women and girls; and providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all by 2030.

"It has been 15 years since the launch of the UN's Millennium Development Goals, and it is clear that these have made a tangible impact to the lives of millions of the world's poorest people. Over two billion people have gained access to clean drinking water during this period, and millions of children have had the chance to attend school for the first time. However, there is still a long way to go, which is why it is vitally important that we use the European Year of Development to set targets for the next 15 years of development."

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