UK 'to double aid to fight poverty'
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that Britain will be doubling its spending on maternal health and child mortality in poor countries.
Speaking at the United Nations in New York, he criticised the lack of progress on those issues - representing two key Millennium Development Goals - as "nothing like good enough".
"We're making the least progress where we need to make the most," he said.
He said that the UK would be doubling the resources it allocates to those areas, using money from the increase in aid spending to 0.7% of gross national income from 2013.
Aides said the increase amounted to about £400 million a year. Spending is also being stepped up on tackling malaria, by about £350 million a year.
"Our goal is to double the number of women and children's lives saved," Mr Clegg said, speaking at a UN side event.
"Our new commitment means we will be saving the lives of at least 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth, and of a quarter of a million babies - as well as enabling 10 million couples to access modern family planning."
Mr Clegg called on other rich nations to show the same level of commitment as the UK to the 2000 Millennium Development Goal pledges to raise living standards in the developing world.
Many have backtracked considerably and progress towards the 2015 targets is well off course.