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David Cameron is right to target corruption and secrecy

27 September 2015 - Christian Aid welcomes David Cameron’s clarion call at the United Nations today for governments to achieve the Global Goals, leaving no-one behind.

During the Prime Minister’s speech at the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York, he pledged to host a major new anti-corruption summit and continue the UK’s work on tax, transparency and trade.

Christian Aid Chief Executive Loretta Minghella said: 'Corruption, tax dodging and financial secrecy do untold damage to the lives of millions of people living in poverty and the Prime Minster is right to press for further international action against them.

'Ahead of the very welcome anti-corruption summit he announced today, we hope Mr Cameron will continue to lead the rest of the world when it comes to shedding light on who really owns companies, including in the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.'

Addressing participants at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Summit, the Prime Minister, speaking alongside other world leaders, also underlined the need for the new Global Goals to ‘leave no one behind’.

Ms Minghella added: 'Christian Aid welcomes this focus on the most marginalised – people who are discriminated against because of their identity – and those who are vulnerable due to climate change, conflict and disasters.

'This is a highly ambitious agenda. We look forward to hearing more about how the UK will deliver on its promise, as part of an overarching strategy to deliver the new Global Goals.'

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Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk


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