To Australian political leaders,
As a member of our global community, I want a more peaceful, just and equitable world for everyone.
But right now, extreme poverty is rising for the first time in more than 20 years. More than 10 million people in our region have been pushed into poverty by the COVID-19 pandemic, 44 million people are on the edge of famine, and millions more have had to flee their homes as a result of climate related disasters, conflict and persecution.
The need for collaborative global efforts aimed at addressing and recovering from these challenges has never been greater and we all need to play our part. But Australia’s declining aid budget shows we are moving in the wrong direction.
Australia’s international development assistance is effective, impactful and important, and as a country, we have the potential to play a vital role in responding to escalating humanitarian crises and ensuring that communities around the globe, and in our region, have a sustainable pathway out of poverty to prosperity.
Every small contribution we make through Australian aid has an ever-expanding ripple effect. Imagine what we could achieve in our region if we did even more.
By committing to long-term investment in international development and humanitarian assistance, Australia can step up and play a vital role in creating that more peaceful, just and equitable world for everyone. Together we can grow those ripples into real and long-lasting change for all of humanity.
We’re calling for all Parliamentarians to commit to the following recommendations
– Australian international development must be elevated to the heart of Australia’s foreign policy and statecraft, ensuring all foreign policy measures are contributing to human development outcomes.
– We must rebuild the Australian development cooperation budget, including a floor for Official Development Assistance (ODA) levels enshrined in legislation and a budget trajectory that ensures levels reach the UN target of 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2030.
Will you commit to the recommendations listed above?