@HelenClarkUNDP - #1 Goal is 2 Eradicate Xtreme Poverty

Oct 12, 2011

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark conducts a live chat on Twitter ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2011, at UNDP headquarters in New York. The chat aims to build awareness around UNDP’s response to the drought in the Horn of Africa and on sustainable development. (Credit: Maureen Lynch/UNDP)

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 on Twitter: @HelenClarkUNDP | UNDP on Twitter: @UNDP

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.

Click here for more information on the Take #OneAction Against Poverty Campaign. 

Summary of the Chat


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