Bond statement in response to the appointment of David Cameron as the new Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

Gideon Rabinowitz, Bond’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, said:

We look forward to working with David Cameron, the new Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs. He has been a public champion of the 0.7% UK aid commitment, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need to tackle climate change, and we urge him to continue to champion these issues.

With a devastating crisis in the Middle East, we urge the new secretary of state to work with global leaders to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, so that civilians are protected and humanitarian agencies can get life-saving supplies into Gaza.

The UK Food Security Summit is just around the corner and is a critical opportunity to draw attention to food security as one of the most urgent global challenges. We hope the Secretary of State will be able to help mobilise political will, coherent action, and new and much-needed resources.

The Secretary of State also has the opportunity to ensure that the UK resets its reputation on climate change at the upcoming COP28 climate summit, by reaffirming the promise to provide £11.6bn in international climate finance and deepening its emissions reduction commitments.


Notes for editors

  1. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 350 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  2. For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Maryam Mohsin: [email protected] / 07555 336029