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Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords

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Queen's speech: government proud of commitment to 0.7%

18 May 2016

"Britain's commitment on international development spending will be honoured, helping to deliver global stability, support the Sustainable Development Goals and prevent new threats to national security."

Today's Queen's speech gave a robust defence of international development, and of the government's 0.7% spending commitment.

0.7%... is both a powerful demonstration of the UK's moral commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable, and also firmly in the UK's national interest

"This government is proud of its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) on overseas development. It is both a powerful demonstration of the UK's moral commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable, and also firmly in the UK's national interest.

"At least 50% of DFID's budget will be spent in fragile states and regions in every year of this parliament. This is a major investment in global stability, including in regions of strategic importance to the UK, such as the Middle East and South Asia.

"Recent crises, from our response to the Ebola epidemic to our use of our aid budget to support refugees in Syria and the surrounding region, have proved why aid is so important for us as well as for the countries we assist.

"We are leading the global effort to save millions of girls from child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

"We have distributed 47 million bed nets and contributed to malaria deaths falling by 60% over the last 15 years."

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