David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain and one of the co-chairs of the High Level Panel on the new UN goals says it is possible to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide within our generation. At the close of the High Level Panel Post 2015 Development Agenda meetings held in Monrovia on Friday, February 1, 2013, which is aimed to set out the world's next development goals, Prime Minister Cameron stressed that a more responsible capitalism was required, including greater tax transparency.
Britain, along with Liberia and Indonesia, co-chaired a high-level panel on the new UN goals. The new goals are to succeed the millennium development goals that will expire in 2015.
Mr. Cameron also promised as chairman of the G8 to push western countries that failed to stick to their aid pledges. Britain has maintained its pledge to ring fence 0.7% of its gross domestic product for aid, something which has been fiercely opposed by some in Cameron's party.
"I'm proud of the fact that Britain keeps its promises. I'm proud to be the Prime Minister who has helped to deliver," he told local and international journalists in Monrovia.
The British Prime Minister said the primary aim of the new UN goals should be to eradicate extreme poverty. "That should be our rallying cry. We can do it in our generation," Prime Minister Cameron added.
He stated further that the UN panel is handling international cross-currents as countries put forward differing demands to be placed in the goals, thus threatening to make the process unfocused and diffused.
Cameron, who is also pushing a development agenda as chair of the G8, said: "The good thing about the G8 is that there is an accountability mechanism, so you can see the promises all the rich countries have made and we will be publishing an accountability report when the G8 meets in Northern Ireland in June."
He insisted that the G8 and the new development goals could create energy around issues of world poverty similar to that generated in 2005 during the UK chairmanship.
"I believe we can enthuse people about this agenda so long as we persuade people that this is not only about money. It is the fact that you cannot have growth and poverty reduction if you have conflict, if you have corruption, if you have lack of justice and access to law. I think it is very important we stand up for these governance issues." Cameron said.
He added that the requirement for transparency extended from governments to companies and that he did not think inequality should be put ahead of growth as that would miss the point.
"There are many people, including yards from this room, who are surviving on less than $1 a day. There are countries where one in 10 children doesn't make it to the age of five; that sort of extreme poverty in all its forms has to be addressed," the Prime Minister stated.
The UN Secretary General only announced in August the HLP , chaired by the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia, and it held its first official meeting in London at the end of October last year. The Monrovia meeting is the second while the third meeting is expected to take place next month in Indonesia. Then in May 2013, the three co-chairs will present the development agenda to UN Secretary General in New York, USA.