Helen Clark does her Reddit AMA

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As mentioned a few days ago, Helen Clark was scheduled for a Reddit AMA at 5 am today.  It’s all done and dusted, and can be found here.

Every AMA has an introduction explaining what the AMA is roughly about, and some proof that it really is the person you’re talking to:

Dear Redditors,

In two days I will attend the conference “Making the MDGs Work: From Advocacy through Implementation to Acceleration and beyond” in Bogotá, Colombia (event page: http://ow.ly/i1xRF ). There, I will speak on the development agenda post-2015 and on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals which will expire in two years.

I’m looking forward to your questions on this topic and on anything else you may want to know! I will begin answering them at 11AM EST for approximately an hour.

EDIT 12:13PM Thanks everyone – must fly. Tonnes of questions! Very stimulating. Let’s do it again some time. Thanks for your interest in development (and New Zealand!). Spread the word about the MDGs and the importance of speeding up progress over the next 1,000 days! Follow our big MDG conference in Bogota – on Twitter #MDGs2013 and http://www.undp.org/live! Over and out!

Proof it’s me: http://ow.ly/i1uCf More: http://ow.ly/hYgRI

“Making the MDGs Work: From Advocacy through Implementation to Acceleration and beyond”.

Catchy.

A few of the more popular questions/answers (as voted by the readers) are:  

Helen, I heard you were instrumental in getting Paul holmes his knight-hood before he passed. Under your government they abollished the titles all together and you were a real advocate for becoming a republic. Why did you push so hard when you were morally against the titles in the first place?

Greetings all! Kia ora, Kiwis! IN NZ everyone knows I don’y agree with knighthoods – my government abolished them. But I do think the late Paul Holmes was worthy of a top honour.

When/where do you draw the line between a humanitarian aid-setting and the development stage?

Let’s see the humanitarian-development interface as a spectrum. In the context of conflict and disaster, people need food, water, shelter, and medicine. But, as soon as possible, early recovery leading to development needs to begin. Building resilience to future crisis and/or disaster is an agenda humanitarian and development actors can unite around.

As the former Prime Minister of New Zealand what are your thoughts on Kim Dotcom and the whole Megaupload mess?

While you can ask anything – don’t expect me to dive back into Kiwi political debates! Been there, done that!


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