Today, national leaders, CEOs, NGO representatives and leading international stakeholders will gather in London to attend a pledging conference on immunisation hosted by David Cameron in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
The conference is one of the most significant international development events of the year. It has been organised so that the GAVI Alliance, the leading global organisation committed to vaccinating against preventable diseases, can call on national governments and organisations to supply additional funding for their immunisation programmes so that by 2015 they can immunise 243 million children and save four million deaths against some of the deadliest diseases in the developing world.
It is a vital international meeting and the fact it is being held in London highlights the impact that the Coalition Government has made within the international development community. Andrew Mitchell and David Cameron have led the way globally on many international development issues and have shown that the Conservative Party now places international development as a core policy area, with ring fenced spending and the goal that by 2013, 0.7% of GNI will be spent on overseas aid. David Cameron has even promised that this will be enshrined in law, to lock in future governments.