David Cameron in Liberia: we must eradicate extreme poverty

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Feb 1 2013, 06:00:15

PM also calls for focus on education during visit to school with Liberian president ahead of role co-chairing UN poverty meeting

David Cameron has called for the next wave of international development targets to focus on extreme rather than relative poverty. The dispute about poverty targets is one of a set of differences due to be thrashed out at a UN high-level meeting on the next millennium development goals after 2015.

Cameron is co-chair of the panel that is meeting in Monrovia, Liberia.

Before the start of the panel on Friday, Cameron went to a local school with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the charismatic 74-year-old Liberian president. The children told them they needed books and computers. Cameron then asked what they wanted to be when they became adults and many replied doctors or lawyers. Cameron joked: "That is very impressive. In my country, they all want to be footballers or pop stars," before adding that was not fair.

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