PM chairs poverty talks in Liberia

David Cameron is in Liberia to co-chair a United Nations meeting on international development targets. It is his final day of his tour of Africa, in which he has visited Algeria and Libya.

Cameron co-chairs UN poverty meeting

The Prime Minister wants to protect the international development budget in a time of austerity at home.

David Cameron has co-chaired a United Nations meeting in Liberia's capital Monrovia, to discuss what targets to bring in after the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

The Prime Minister has insisted that focusing on eradicating extreme poverty should be the priority.

At the meeting's closing press conference, he defended his commitment to spend 0.7% of the UK's GDP on overseas aid.

"I am proud of the fact that Britain has kept its promises", Cameron said. "We will achieve 0.7% of our gross national income in aid as promised. And I am proud to be the PM who has helped deliver that."

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PM: UK children 'want to be popstars or footballers'

David Cameron praised the career ambitions of a group of schoolchildren in Liberia, joking that "if you asked people in England, they'd all say they want to be popstars or footballers."

He is in Liberia to co-chair a United Nations meeting on international development targets, and visited the Anna F Whisnant Elementary School, alongside the country's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

There, pupils told him they wanted to be doctors and lawyers.

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PM's 'historic opportunity' to lift millions out of poverty

Schoolchildren in Monrovia, Liberia, waiting for their President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and David Cameron to visit. Credit: Sam Haq/ITV News

David Cameron is in Liberia for talks on international development targets and will have a "historic opportunity" to lift 350 million children out of extreme poverty, charities said.

On the third leg of his tour of Africa, the Prime Minister will co-chair a United Nations meeting on what happens after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.

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