Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.
@HelenClarkUNDP - #1 Goal is 2 Eradicate Xtreme Poverty
New York - My number one goal as Administrator of UNDP is to work for the elimination of extreme poverty, said United Nations top development chief Helen Clark (@HelenClarkUNDP on Twitter) during her live Twitter chat today to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Monday, October 17th.
Twitter users from around the world asked her a wide range of questions, including tweets on the Arab Spring, climate change, women’s empowerment, and global health issues.
Asked by @mattjones whether Helen Clark agreed that ensuring political freedoms encourages governments to work on poverty, she tweeted in reply, “Definitely - the wider the #democratic space, the more governments are likely to be responsive to citizens.”
Twitter user @Alessandrabravi asked what UNDP’s main message is for the upcoming global meeting in June to address sustainable development, known as Rio+20, to which Helen Clark responded that economic and social development must be in harmony with environmental sustainability.
She also launched UNDP’s new campaign Take #OneAction Against Poverty, a photo contest on Facebook aiming to show the people behind all these small and big actions that help end poverty world-wide. “People are right up on the key issues and want to talk about them!” said Helen Clark after the chat.
The chat included tweets in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
For more information about the Twitter chat, visit http://on.undp.org/undpchat.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. “I can think of no better way to spark conversations around the world on development issues than through the dynamic use of social media,” said Helen Clark in reaction to her recent listing in the UK newspaper, The Guardian, as the tenth most interesting person tweeting about global development.
Summary of the Chat
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- #SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation - 06 days to Rio 2016 (português abaixo) "Once I saw in the newspaper a story that spoke that the dirtiest community of Rio de Janeiro was mine. It was when I dropped everything and went to work with recycling. There was a time when I took food from trash to home and my brother ate without knowing. We had to feed us. Faced all kinds of difficulty carrying a lot of weight, people criticized me, the drug dealers wanted my land. I still continued and gather all: cans, PET bottles, plastic bags, cooking oil ... I would be sad if I die now because I have a lot to do yet, but I'm not afraid to continue my work. History is made by those who move on. I think a person changes the other, who changes the other, who changes the other - is a flow. If I can change a person, I can also change the world." – Leandro Abrantes, 33 years old ---- #ODS6: Água Potável e Saneamento - Contagem regressiva para Rio 06 dias! "Uma vez, vi no jornal uma matéria que falava que a comunidade mais suja do Rio de Janeiro era a minha. Foi quando larguei tudo e fui trabalhar com reciclagem. Teve uma época em que eu levava comida do lixo para casa e meu irmão comia sem nem saber. Precisávamos nos alimentar. Enfrentei todo o tipo de dificuldade: carregava muito peso, as pessoas me criticavam, o tráfico queria o meu terreno. Mesmo assim continuei e recolho de tudo: latas, garrafas PET, sacolas de plástico, óleo de cozinha... Eu ficaria triste se morresse agora porque tenho muita coisa para fazer ainda, mas não tenho medo de continuar o meu trabalho. A história é feita por aqueles que seguem em frente. Penso que uma pessoa muda a outra, que muda a outra, que muda a outra – é uma corrente. Se eu consigo mudar uma pessoa, posso também mudar o mundo." – Leandro Abrantes, 33 anos #humansofrio #humansofmyworld #rio2016 #reciclagem #cantagalo PNUD Brasil UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean United Nations Development Programme - UNDP ONU Brasil SDG Action Campaign 7 hours ago
- #SDG5: Gender Equality - 06 days to Rio 2016 (português abaixo) "The dance brought to the community an opportunity of cultural dialogue. It became very clear to us that social change can happen inside and outside the slum. Community dancers did not have the same opportunities as dancers that lives in the asphalt: neither to teach, attend classes, nor even to attend the presentations. So we created the 'Favela in Dança', to enhance our territory! We want the slum being seen as a stage for art and entertainment. It is a little ant work that grows every day. To join, you don´t need to be teacher or student: just need to be curious and have the desire to change, dance, make a difference." – Ingrid David De Carvalho, 28 years old ---- #ODS5: Igualdade de Gênero - Contagem regressiva para Rio 06 dias! "A dança trouxe para a comunidade uma oportunidade de diálogo cultural. Ficou muito claro para a gente que transformações sociais podem acontecer dentro e fora da favela. Os dançarinos da comunidade não tinham as mesmas oportunidades que os do asfalto: nem de dar aulas, frequentá-las, ou mesmo de assistir a espetáculos. Por isso, criamos o ‘Favela in Dança’, para valorizar nosso território! Queremos que a favela seja vista como palco de arte e entretenimento. É um trabalho de formiguinha que cresce a cada dia. Para fazer parte, não precisa ser professor ou aluno: basta ser curioso e ter vontade de mudar, dançar, fazer a diferença." – Ingrid David, 28 anos #humansofrio #humansofmyworld #rio2016 #favelaemdança Favela em Dança. PNUD Brasil United Nations Development Programme - UNDP UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean UNOSDP ONU Brasil SDG Action Campaign Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo - PNUD 10 hours ago
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