Cameron visits Liberia to co-chair UN meeting

By Lauren Grice

David Cameron is set to co-chair a United Nations (UN) meeting in Liberia as part of his tour of Africa.

On the final stint of his trip to the continent, the prime minister will participate in the conference, which aims to replace the UN’s millennium development goals.

He will join the presidents of Indonesia and Liberia in the meeting, which will be focused on bettering living standards in some of the world’s poorest areas.

The UN’s millennium development goals are set to expire in 2015 and although progress has been made on some of these, other issues have enjoyed less success.

Commenting on the visit, Cameron claimed it is “very important” for the international community to keep a focus on eliminating poverty.

“But I also think it is important we look at those things that keep countries poor. Conflict, corruption, lack of justice, lack of the rule of law. These things matter as well as money,” he added.

The prime minister went on to note that issues like security and civil structures were crucial to address, alongside aid measures.

Cameron’s visit to Liberia marks the first time a British premier has visited the country and is the last leg of his trip to Africa.

In previous days, he has visited Libya – where he pledged support for the country’s police and army – and Algeria, where he was involved in security talks following the recent hostage crisis.

 

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