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Rhodri Morgan,The First Minister
I am pleased to announce that today I am launching a consultation on a Draft Welsh International Sustainable Development Framework.

The Framework will enhance Wales’ ability to help deliver the UN Millennium Development Goals and ensure that the Assembly Government can improve the co-ordination of a Welsh response to international disasters and emergencies.

The Assembly Government will gain extra powers in the field of International Development in April 2006, becoming a Schedule 1 body under the International Development Act 2002.

The Framework consultation document involves the following action points:

• to encourage and help co-ordinate volunteering by suitably qualified people to help out in disaster relief
• to advise on best practice in collections for disasters and emergencies
• to consider funding for administering and promoting Welsh appeals for international disasters and emergencies
• to support and encourage secondments to and from developing countries
• to support and encourage linking between the public sector in Wales and counterparts in developing countries
• to consider ways of building the capacity of the Welsh International Development sector
• to promote Fair trade and the Fair Trade Wales campaign
• to investigate further issues surrounding the recruitment of nurses from developing countries
• to ensure that ethical purchasing options are considered in public sector procurement.

Groups and individuals involved in international development and humanitarian relief work in Wales and representatives of diaspora communities will have a particular interest in the Framework.