David Cameron sets out plan to beat world poverty

David Cameron. Picture: TSPL
David Cameron. Picture: TSPL
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A UNITED Nations commitment to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 is one of the key demands of an international panel co-chaired by David Cameron.

The Prime Minister called for a “new global partnership” to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the developing world, as the panel’s report was handed over to the UN.

Other recommendations include securing improvements in women’s rights, achieving universal access to water and ensuring food security.

The report contains proposals for a new framework for international development following the expiry of the 2015 deadline for achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs sought to halve extreme poverty, defined as people earning less than $1.25 (83p) a day, but the panel called for a more ambitious goal over the following 15 years.

The Prime Minister said: “This report sets out a clear roadmap for eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.”

The report includes 12 measurable goals, but it will disappoint aid organisations by not including an explicit commitment to cut income inequality.

Mr Cameron was chosen by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to chair the panel, alongside Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

As he is on holiday in Ibiza, International Development Secretary Justine Greening presented the report in New York.