Cameron: Desperate Poverty Still in Liberia

British Prime Minister David Cameron has asserted that there can still be found in Liberia what he refers to as desperate poverty. Listen to the British premier:  "Liberia is a country that was absolutely devastated by conflict and civil war. It is now recovering, but there is still desperate poverty.”

Speaking to reporters in Monrovia when he attended the recent United Nations High Level Panel (HLP) meeting, Prime Minister Cameron added: "I think it is very important we keep a focus on eradicating extreme poverty.”

The British Prime Minister, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono co-chair the 27 members HLP, which include leaders from civil society, private sector and government announced in July 2012, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDGs Summit. UN Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development framework beyond 2015.

The work of the Panel will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and areas for improvement. “Here in Liberia, one in 10 children do not make it to the age of five. But I also think it is important we look at those things that keep countries poor,” said Prime Minister Cameron...

He named "Conflict, corruption, lack of justice, lack of the rule of law” as things that matter as well as money, adding that strengthening security and civil structures is also a crucial matter that should go along with aid measures.

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