"Desire for Dignity" Driver of Change in Arab World - Helen Clark

13 Apr 2011

New York — In her second Twitter chat, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark answered questions from around the globe on development in the Arab world. The questions ranged from the causes of the uprisings to women and minorities and from the UN’s role in Libya to the role of social media and youth in Egypt and Tunisia.

On the causes of the uprisings, Helen Clark tweeted, “The desire for dignity has been an important driver of the uprisings in the region."

When @shuroshur lamented the huge amounts of money spent on military instead of development programme and MDGs, Helen Clark tweeted that a fraction of that money, if devoted to development, would make a huge difference to billions of people.

Asked whether social media can play a role in development, she tweeted, “Definitely! Social media link us globally and allow people to interact and express ideas.”

On Libya, she expressed her hope for an end to this conflict as early as possible, “which is causing death, suffering and destruction.”

@DBradley summed up the chat with these words: “The work you and UNDP do is truly inspiration and changing the world. Keep it up and stay passionate.”

The chat generated over 2.5 million “impressions” on Twitter and reached 230,000 people according to hashtracking.com.

See the chat here and on Helen Clark’s Twitter page

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