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Former PM Gordon Brown speaks on development aid

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has admitted that the millennium development goals (MDGs) may not be met by the 2015 target.

He gave evidence to the International Development Committee on 9 November 2010 in his first committee appearance since losing the general election in May.

MPs questioned Mr Brown on the outcomes of the recent summit on the MDGs that took place in New York in September.

Millennium Development Goals were agreed by the United Nations in 2000 with the aim of tackling global poverty.

They include improving living standards in areas such as education, employment and health care by 2015.

Gordon Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer when the MDGs and has said that the governments of wealthy nations needed to face "continuing public pressure" to ensure they stuck to their pledges.

He said the world was around "ten to twenty billion pounds short per year" on meeting targets for development in Africa.

On questioning by Conservative MP Pauline Latham he called for increased private sector in Africa, but said that it there also needed to be a focus on eradicating poverty in "middle-income countries" as well as the world's poorest country.

He rejected the notion of "first, second and third worlds", and said that there was "one world, massively distorted by inequality".

He was criticised by Conservative MP Chris White for not making statements about international development in the House of Commons since moving to backbenchers, however the former prime minister said that such accusations were "a diversion".

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