The UK should join many other countries around the world, as well as the UN, and officially recognise Palestine as a sovereign state. This is in line with our existing national preference for a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict in accordance with international law.
The role of International Development in alleviating poverty in the World is a moral issue as well as an issue of the UK's self interest. The current UK aid commitment to match the UN target of 0.7% of GNI should continue. However resources should be refocused onto direct poverty reduction programs in recipient countries. As a first move the proportion of the aid budget spent of water and sanitation projects should be gradually increased from 2% to 10% by 2020. The UK should also press the UN to include a DEDICATED water and Sanitation target in the Sustainable Development Goals which will replace the Millennium Development Goals in Autumn 2015.