HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 cc328-9W
15. Colin Burgon

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to combat child poverty in developing countries. [37329]

Clare Short

We seek to reduce the poverty of children, which causes suffering to today's children and jeopardises the well being of future generations, by working to address the causes of deprivation in their communities. Support for children's rights to basic health care, education, nutrition, shelter, protection from violence and abusive labour, along with sustainable livelihoods for their parents, is central to our work towards the millennium development goals.

We are working to energise the international system to achieve the goals. The goals include the target of, by 2015, lifting one billion people out of abject poverty, universal primary schooling, and reducing under-five child mortality by two-thirds.

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