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Hunger is one of the most serious development challenges the world faces. Nearly a billion people around the world do not get enough food, and undernutrition holds back the growth and development of millions of children.

The UK Government is committed to tackling these problems. Under the Coalition Government, UK annual spend on nutrition has almost doubled from £19.3 million in 2009/10 to £37.5 million in 2011/12. This does not capture the significant UK spend on nutrition-sensitive, humanitarian or nutrition research.

Last year, Ministers used the exposure the London Olympics brought to the UK to hold a Global Hunger Summit, which generated a range of new commitments, for example, to develop and deliver drought-resistant and vitamin-enriched crops that could help to feed millions of people. By 2015, the UK will have reached 20 million pregnant women and children under five with nutrition programmes.

I welcome the Chancellorís commitment in the Budget this year that the Government will meet its commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on development spending, and that the UK will be the first G8 country to meet this pledge. Britain will continue to lead the fight against global hunger in 2013. As President of the G8 this year, the UK will build on the work we have already done to stop hunger. Ministers will use a major event before our G8 summit to drive further global action to reduce hunger and malnutrition. They will also drive forward progress on the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which aims to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next ten years through sustainable agricultural growth.

The Prime Minister has put tackling tax avoidance at the top of the G8 agenda. We live in a globalised economy where no one country can, on its own, effectively tackle tax evasion and aggressive avoidance, which is why the UK is taking this opportunity to galvanise collective international action. In the Prime Ministerís recent letter to G8 leaders he highlighted that they can lead the way in information sharing to tackle abuses of the system, including in developing countries, so that Governments can collect the taxes due to them.


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